Case of attack on Otradny MIA department head and his wife’s murder referred to court
Investigation into the criminal case of the armed assault and attempted murder of Head of MIA department in Otradny Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Vashurkin, as well as the murder of his wife, has been completed.
As reported by the ICR’s press service, Vitaly Yarankin, Andrey Permyakov, Daniil Eltyshev, and Ernst Yatsunenko have been charged with robbery, murder, attempted murder, and stealing of a passport or other important personal document, depending on the part of each person accused. 24-year-old Kristina Chistyakova is held criminally liable under Article 316 of the Russian Criminal Code for concealing particularly serious crimes. She faces up to two years in prison.
According to the investigation, held by the Third Investigations Directorate of the ICR Main Investigations Directorate based in Nizhny Novgorod, on the night of December 11 2016 in one of the trading pavilions in Samara, Yarankin, Yatsunenko, Eltyshev, and Permyakov decided to attack Dmitry Vashurkin for the purpose of robbery after noticing a gold chain around his neck. The offenders followed the victims to their home imperceptibly for the latter, after which they entered the house and attacked the spouses. The victims suffered multiple blows to the head and various parts of the body.
After taking possession of the property for a total of slightly more than 41 thousand rubles ($724), and discovering Vashurkin’s police officer’s ID, Yarankin decided to kill the victims with several blows with an ax to cover up the crime. The lieutenant colonel of police lost consciousness from the wounds, and his wife died on the spot.
As a result of teamwork between operations unit officers of the FSB and the MIA for the Samara region, the suspects were detained five days after the tragedy. The operatives found the criminals’ caches with stolen property.
Various leads were checked during the preliminary investigation, but the one about selfish motives of the criminal actions was confirmed, the ICR’s press service stressed.
The investigators have gathered an extensive evidence base, exposing all the participants in the crime. In less than 3 months of investigation, members of the investigation team conducted more than 400 interrogations, 130 searches and seizures, 30 inspections of the scene, items and documents, 60 forensic genetic, fingerprinting, medical, forensic and other examinations.
The criminal case with the approved indictment has been referred to the court for consideration on merits.