Ukraine to extradite man accused of killing Paul Klebnikov to Russia

Ukraine to extradite man accused of killing Paul Klebnikov to Russia
Paul Klebnikov

The decision to extradite 22 people to Moscow, including Magomed Dukuzov, was adopted by Kyiv back in 2018.

In 2018, Ukraine decided to extradite 22 people to Russia, including the defendant in the case of the murder of Chief Editor of Russian Forbes, Paul Klebnikov, in 2004, Magomed Dukuzov, the report by Prosecutor General's Office Yury Chaika to the Federation Council says. This is reported by RIA Novosti

“Thanks to the efforts of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation, this year, the competent authorities of Ukraine made a decision on the extradition of 22 persons to Russia, including M.I. Dukuzov, who is accused of murdering US citizen and Chief Editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, Paul Khlebnikov,” the report says. 

The Security Service of Ukraine reported on the detention of the man suspected of Khlebnikov’s murder in 2017. Later, the MIA confirmed that it concerned Dukuzov. A representative of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, Aleksandr Kurennoy, said that the Office had sent Ukraine a request for his extradition. 

Magomed Dukuzov is also suspected of being involved in the murder of former Head of the Chechen Office, Yakov Sergunin, in 2004. 

First Chief Editor of the Russian edition of Forbes, Paul Khlebnikov, was shot at the exit from the magazine’s editorial office on July 9, 2004. He was shot from a car, in which there were three people. According to the investigation, the murder was committed by members of an OCG. The indictment of the Prosecutor General's Office mentioned the involvement of the Chechen natives Kazbek and Magomed Dukuzov, Magomed Edilsultanov, Musa Vakhaev, and others in the crime. According to the prosecution, Field Commander Khozh-Akhmed Nukhaev was behind the murder. Khlebnikov’s book ‘Conversation with a barbarian’ is dedicted to him. 

Madomed Dukuzov was put on the wanted list. In 2006, the jury acquitted Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhaev. In November of the same year, the Supreme Court reversed the sentence. The case was referred for new investigation to the Moscow City Court. 

Rosbalt reported that in early 2015, Russia sent a request for the extradition of Dukuzov from prison in the UAE, where he was serving a sentence for crimes committed in Dubai. Later, the country’s authorities reported that Dukuzov was released in the summer of 2015 and then disappeared. After that, according to the publication’s sources, Dukuzov was in Chechnya. 

In 2009, ICR Chairman Alexander Bastrykin reported that the investigation of the case was suspended in accordance with the requirements of the criminal procedure legislation, but the search for the Dukuzov brothers continued.

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