Court hearing case of hitman Celentano’s attempted murder of Turikela Kakhetinsky

Court hearing case of hitman Celentano’s attempted murder of Turikela Kakhetinsky
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The thief in law suggested that Trun pass along some of his profits to inmates to warm them up and ingratiate himself.

A regular court session was held at the Novosibirsk Regional Court that was hearing the case of Anatoly Radchenko (Celentano), the alleged ringleader of Alexander Trunov’s gang of killers. On Tuesday, October 30, the court heard what the witnesses had to say about the attempted murder of the thief in law Mamuka Shubitidze (Turikela Kakhetinsky).

The crime happened in 2000. They wanted Shubitidze dead since the vor had been bold enough to suggest that Trunov give part of his criminal profits each month to ‘warm up’ inmates for his future arrival. In case of refusal, he hinted there would he revenge from the mafia families. Trunov reacted by ordering Celentano's men to eliminate Mamuka.

On July 30 (on Mamuka’s birthday), the gang arrived at the place that was to become the crime scene – the thief’s country cottage in Nizhnyaya Yeltsovka. Dmitry Buol, one of the hitmen, was supposed to ensure the perpetrator Sergei Komarnitsky would do his job unhindered.

Mamuka and the guests were all at the table on the porch. Shubitidze said a toast and leaned over to the guests with a glass in his hand. There came the shots. Komarnitsky made five sighting shots with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, but mistakenly hit Bagrad Gelashvili, a Georgian citizen, who had been seated at the head of the table as an honored guest (instead of Mamuka). Gelashvili died in hospital.

The trial of the Anatoly Radchenko case has been going on behind closed doors since August 2017. The trial is at the stage when witnesses are questioned, which may take a while.

Anatoly Radchenko might face a life sentence. The charges against him include participation in a criminal community (Art. 210), banditry (Art. 209), murder (Art. 105), attempted murder (Art. 30 and Art. 105), extortion (Art. 163), and illegal arms trafficking (Art. 222).

According to the investigation, Radchenko led a gang of killers that was a part of a criminal community headed by Alexander Trunov (Trun), a businessman with mafia ties, who is currently serving a 22-year prison term.

The gang operated in Novosibirsk between 1997 and 2009. Radchenko’s group was engaged in contract killings of businessmen and crime lords. According to the case file, the hitmen are responsible for four murders and three failed murder attempts.

In 2009, law enforcement officers detained several gang members and the leader Alexander Trunov. Anatoly Radchenko’s subordinates, Andrei Ivanov, Sergey Komarnitsky and Vitaly Zaitsev, were eventually sentenced to 18, 19 and 20 years of strict-regime imprisonment, respectively. However, the leader managed to escape and Interpol issued a red notice for him in 2009; the Novosibirsk Regional District Court issued an arrest warrant.

The ringleader is known to have been hiding in Thailand first and heading to Europe after. Later it turned out that Radchenko lived in the small German town of Kassel between 2009 and 2012.

Austrian EKO Cobra, the police counter-terrorism unit, arrested Radchenko in 2014 after he had been detained with a fake Czech passport issued in the name of a Prague resident, Jan Seidl born in 1977.  Radchenko was handed over to the Russian authorities.

As the CrimeRussia reported previously, the extradition procedure initiated by the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office was going on for a year and a half. Radchenko claimed that he would definitely die if was to get into a Russian SIZO (detention facility) since he had some compromising material on a few influential persons of Novosibirsk. After Anatoly Radchenko was finally brought to Novosibirsk in August 2015, the 5th Department of the Investigative Committee charged him with a number of grave crimes.

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