Prosecutor's Office asked to return Revda underboss to colony
Nikolay Smovzh, who was sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2016, was released out of a serious illness.
The Prosecutor's Office appealed against the decision of the Verkh-Isetsky District Court of Yekaterinburg to release Nikolay Smovzh, the ‘authoritative’ businessman from the city of Revda, known as underboss Palych. This is reported by the newspaper Vecherniye Vedomosti. The Sverdlovsk Regional Court will consider the appeal on May 15 at 11:00am.
The Verkh-Isetsky District Court of Yekaterinburg granted the motion of Smovzh to release him out of a serious illness on March 23. In 2016, the Sverdlovsk Regional Court sentenced him to 19 years in a strict-regime colony for organizing and participating in the murder.
According to the investigation, in 2004 Smovzh and his assistants shot two people near the cafe Pampasy in Revda. One of the victims managed to survive. In 2007, the fighters of underboss killed the resident of the city. In addition, the investigation found that Palych’s people shot two of his opponents in the cafe Evropa from a pistol in 1993, and in 2000 the underboss allegedly organized the explosion of the non-ferrous metal drop-off. As a result, the perpetrator and the watchman perished.
The prosecution required 22 years of imprisonment for Smovzh, but due to the expiration of the statute of limitations, episodes over the explosion, the illegal transportation of firearms and ammunition were excluded.
Palych is considered an ally of thief in law Temuri Mirzoev (Timur Sverdlovsky). After the death of the kingpin, the clean-up of his colleagues, one of whom was Nikolay Smovzh, began. He was detained in the office of the largest shopping center in Revda Kvartal.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.