Mafioso brother of former Dagestani head of Medical and Social Assessment Bureau attempts escape from house arrest

Mafioso brother of former Dagestani head of Medical and Social Assessment Bureau attempts escape from house arrest
Magomed Makhachev

Ashik Makhachev had been under house arrest, but was moved to the pre-trial detention center after his attempt to abscond justice.

Ashik Makhachev, the former head of one of the regional medical and social assessment bureaus is the brother of Magomed Makhachev, the former Dagestani head of the Central Bureau of Medical and Social Assessment. He was detained when trying to abscond justice, according to Chernovik.  

Ashik Makhachev is accused of creating a criminal community. He and a few of his subordinates registered fake disabilities with citizens in exchange for bribes and took it to the assembly line. He was detained and placed under house arrest, but the court granted the prosecutor's request for a tougher verdict and moved Makhachev to the pre-trial detention center.

"The former official did have plans to secretly leave the country, presumably, for Ukraine," the portal said citing a source.

The source added that the siloviki continue to look for Ashik’s brother, Magomed Makhachev. According to various sources, he managed to leave the country and is currently in Ukraine. He is accused of creating an organized crime group to steal budget money. The ex-officer suddenly vanished as his house was being searched.

As the CrimeRussia wrote earlier, the second round of a major anti-corruption cleansing kicked off in Dagestan and will be the strongest on the eve of the September election of governors. Vladimir Vasiliev, the acting head of Dagestan, will run, too.

The anti-corruption campaign began in January 2018 when the Makhachkala mayor Musa Musaev and the prominent Dagestani architect Magomedrasul Gitinov were arrested. Then, in February, FSB officers came from Moscow to nab the interim Prime Minister Abdusamad Gamidov, the acting Vice Prime Ministers Shamil Isayev and Rayudin Yusufov, as well as former Education Minister Shakhabas Shakhov.

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