Investigative Committee re-launches investigation into Moscow City shootout case
Earlier, it became known about a dismissal of 7 investigators for major cases of the Moscow’s Investigative Committee and their 2 chiefs in connection with the improper investigation.
The central office of the Investigative Committee of Russia started a re-investigation into the criminal case of a shootout in the Moscow-City business center that took place back in November 2017, during the celebration of an anniversary of influential businessman Dmitry Pavlov, reports TASS citing a law enforcement source.
The Moscow’s office of the Investigative Committee requested the case materials in September 2018 at the stage of familiarization by the lawyers and persons involved.
Now, according to a source, the Investigative Committee relaunched the investigation into the Moscow City shootout case. As part of the investigation, a number of additional and repeated examinations have been scheduled, as the investigation "is seeking objectivity."
Earlier, it was reported that the case against Pavlov’s body guards and the National Guard officers involved in the shootout was suspended, yet, as a TASS source notes, the case against the two fighters of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise Okhrana (Guard) has been re-qualified to hooliganism, as the expertise revealed traces of a shooting. The case has been allocated into a separate proceeding.
According to Mash, deputy head of the Moscow’s Investigative Committee, Sergei Sinyagovsky, took a vacation until May 2019 with a further dismissal. In addition, his subordinate, the head of the Major Cases Department Colonel Dmitry Pavlov, was also forced to resign. Yesterday, 7 of their former subordinates followed their example.
To remind: as a result of an armed conflict that took place during the 50th anniversary of influential businessman and an ex-member of the Izmailovo organized criminal group Dmitry Pavlov aka Pavlik, six people were seriously wounded, one of them later died. The cause of the incident was a Mercedes from a motorcade of Gavrila Yushvaev, which allegedly blocked the entrance of the building.
Earlier, The CrimeRussia source reported that among the guests of the party, there were well-known Slavic thieves in law Oleg Shishkanov (Oleg Ramensky, Shishkan), Sergey Aksenov (Aksen), as well as the leader of the Podolskaya organized criminal group - Sergei Lalakin (Luchok), yet neither they nor their guards did not participate in the conflict and quickly left the scene when the shooting started.
At first, the investigation considered that the conflict was provoked by the guards of Gavril Yushvaev: Magomed Ismailov and Eldar Khamidov. Both of them have been under arrest for more than a year. Eldar Khamidov, who was wounded in the shoulder, was a driver of a car in which the participants of the shootout fled from the scene. He is accused under Part 3 of Art. 30, Part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (Attempted murder of two or more persons), Part 2 of Art. 213 of the Criminal Code (Hooliganism committed by a group of persons by prior agreement) and Art. 222 of the Criminal Code (Illegal possession of weapons). Magomed Ismailov was initially charged under Part 2 of Art. 213 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and a year later the charge of an attempted murder was added. The defendants did not pledge guilty.
However, later the version of the investigation changed dramatically: the wounded employees of the Okhrana, Yakobson and Titorenko, became suspects in the case. After that, the central office of the Investigative Committee started considering the version that someone was trying to get Yushvaev’s guards out of prison for big money. As a result, in September 2018, the case was transferred to the central office of the Investigative Committee.
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