Volgograd crime lord Potashkin accused of extortion tells court his version of skirmish in restaurant 

Volgograd crime lord Potashkin accused of extortion tells court his version of skirmish in restaurant
Vladimir Potashkin

The protégé of Vladimir Kadin, shot to death in 2011, together with two accomplices was detained shortly after the criminal settlement at the Houdini restaurant on June 8, 2017. A criminal case was instituted in relation to them under part 3 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code.

In Volgograd, the trial on the criminal case on extortion is coming to an end. The accused are crime lord Vladimir Potashkin, whom the townspeople call a criminal authority, his nephew and part-time bodyguard Dmitry Ismailov and their accomplice Sergey Yanin, news portal Bloknot Volgograda informs.

Vladimir Potashkin, together with two accomplices, was detained shortly after the criminal settlement at the Houdini restaurant on June 8, 2017. A criminal case was instituted in relation to them under Part 3 of Art. 163 of the Criminal Code (Extortion in a Particularly Large Amount). The investigation lasted almost 8 months.

The victims in the case are businessman Sergey Rodionov and his colleague Konstantin Branishte. It all began with a showdown in one of the restaurants in Volgograd, when Potashkin and Ismailov attacked Rodionov and were badly beaten, which was fixed by a surveillance camera installed in the restaurant. Later it became clear that Potashkin, who is one of the key figures in the criminal environment of the Volgograd region and a supporter of the continuing policy of the former regional underboss Vladimir Kadin, accuses Rodionov of involvement in several attacks against himself.

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In particular, on March 1, 2016, upon the exit from the boxing club, a murder attempt on Vladimir Potashkin took place. The killer released two bullets into him, one hit through the neck. The athlete miraculously survived. A few months before unidentified people had burned an armored SUV, which he had inherited from Vladimir Kadin.

At the present time, the debate began in the court. The prosecutor's office based on the testimony of numerous witnesses believes that Potashkin, together with Ismailov and Yanin, extorted money from Sergey Rodionov in the amount of 4 million rubles ($57,000), caused minor damage to Rodionov's health and beat Branishte. On the basis of the charges, prosecutors ask the court to punish Potashkin and Ismailov with 9 years in a strict-security colony, and Yanin with 8 years. The accused do not admit their guilt.

The news portal writes that during the debate of the parties, the accused Vladimir Potashkin presented his version of events to the court. According to him, Rodionov applied for protection – threats came to his friend Kostenko. He rented the land, but the previous tenant did not want to leave, allegedly threatening him with reprisals. As Potashkin understood, his task was precisely to prevent any physical impact.

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Potashkin decided to settle the issue with the help of the Chechen diaspora, to which Kostenko's opponent belonged. According to the crime lord, the parties came to an agreement – to allocate a piece of land to the previous owner.

Rodionov at the same time insisted in court that Potashkin should have helped Kostenko to get rid of all his neighbors, and not only prevent physical influence. Potashkin, as he said, would not agree to such conditions, because he considered them infringing the interests of the second party - the previous tenant.

Potashkin said that the reason for the fight in the restaurant Houdini was not money, but rumors. According to common acquaintances, Rodionov sharply negatively spoke about him, and on the day of detention, he insulted him in the face.

Potashkin's relative Dmitry Ismailov said that he knew the situation with the land only generally. Ismailov emphasized that Potashkin was not a guard. He was present at joint meetings because he was connected with Potashkin not only with blood ties but also with many years of friendship.

At the showdown in the restaurant Houdini, Sergey Rodionov had his jaw broken

At the showdown in the restaurant Houdini, Sergey Rodionov had his jaw broken

He told the following about the fight in the restaurant: Rodionov and Potashkin removed from their companions to a separate table, where the fight began. He flew into the hall when he heard screams, at which time the Rodionov's accomplice Branishte pointed a gun at him. Then he snatched up his nonlethal pistol, which he began to wear after four murder attempts on Potashkin. He rushed at Rodionov, as the latter one began to strangle Potashkin, and he believes that the incident was just a fight, not a beating. The third defendant, Sergey Yanin, was not present at the restaurant at all, and according to him, he has no relation to the situation.

As the newspaper notes, the process on the Potashkin case and his accomplices is currently at the final stage. The defendants can be sentenced before the end of the month.

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