Chechen who took part in massacre in Novy Urengoy extradited from France
Victim of the 2010 incident was one man. A few other people got injuries.
Suspect of involvement in 2010 high-profile conflict in the city of Novy Urengoy has been extradited from France to Yamal. All these years, the native of Chechnya had been hiding from the prosecution. According to some reports, the suspect also took part in extortion.
It is about a scuffle that took place in October, 2010. Then, there was a road accident on a highway in Novy Urengoy. Rim Mukhametov became the victim of the road accident. Later, he started demanding money from the instigator for the car repair. With that, the amount was higher than the real damage - 750 thousand rubles ($11.6 thousand).
The road accident’s instigator refused to pay. Then, 4 natives of Chechnya - Mukhametov’s friends - started threatening the man. During the course of one scuffle, they took out knives. Relative of the road accident’s instigator (Bashir Utagonov) covered up for him. Fight occurred. Both men were manhandled and cut with knives. Utagonov died from the injuries. The Prosecution Service determined he received injuries from 3 men.
Owner of the broken car Mukhametov and 2 natives of Chechnya - participants of the scuffle - were detained straight away. Other 2 escaped and had been on a wanted list for a while. In 2018, French police found one of the escapees. In May, 2019, he was extradited to Russia. He was placed in custody straight at the Sheremetyevo Airport. He is now in a remand prison in the city of Salekhard. The case is being investigated by the department for special cases of the Investigative Committee of Russia in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.
Earlier, court had delivered its sentence towards Mukhametov: he got 2 years in a common regime colony; his friend who took part in the scuffle got 18 years in a strict regime colony. Another participant of the scuffle got 17 years in a strict regime colony with restriction of liberty for periods of up to 1 year.
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