Telman Ismailov moves to France with family as Interpol issues red notice

Telman Ismailov moves to France with family as Interpol issues red notice
Telman Ismailov

Following Telman Ismailov, his brother Vagif Ismailov, former officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, was arrested in absentia on murder charges.

The Moscow Basmanny Court satisfied the prosecution request for an in-absentia arrest of Vagif Ismailov, a former officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the brother of Telman Ismailov, the founder of the Cherkizovsky Market. He was indicted in absentia under Art. 222 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Storage of Firearms) and Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (Murder). As Rosbalt reported citing its sources, the arrest is necessary to put him on the international wanted list: he has been on the run since the autumn of 2016, when his other brother Rafik Ismailov was detained. It was Rafik Ismailov's helpers Sergei Gavryushin and Garry Belotserkovsky who testified against Vagif.

Vagif Ismailov was believed to have been in Russia trying to influence the investigation of the criminal case through his ties in various law enforcement agencies. He was assumed to have been the one covering his family members, as an ex-officer of the MIA. However, it turned out later that until recently Telman, Vagif and the family lived in a mansion on the premises of the Mardan Palace hotel complex in Antalya. Then he left Turkey and moved to France for fear he might be extradited to Russia. The Ismailovs are known to have real estate in other countries as well.

It is worth noting that the Turkish police also have questions to the businessman. According to law enforcers, Telman Ismailov is involved in the murder of Rovshan Dzhaniev (Rovshan Lenkoransky), the thief in law. Turkish security services suspect him of being the one who gave the information about Dzhaniev’s whereabouts to Nadir Salifov aka Guli. The clans of Guli and Lenkoransky are known to have been enemies for a long time.

It should be reminded that Telman Ismailov was charged on November 11 with two murders in Russia (items (a), (g), (e), part 2 of Art. 105; part 3 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code), and an Interpol arrest warrant was issued for him several days later.

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