Dissatisfied clients could be behind murder of Moscow lawyer
Investigators link the murder of Natalia Vavilina primarily with her job. However, the operatives also are working on a domestic version – the woman’s ex-spouse could have dealt with her.
Investigators leading the case of the murder of Natalia Vavilina in Moscow are working on a professional and a domestic version of the crime.
Employees of the law firm Delphi, led by 40-year-old Vavilina, said that the woman had received no threats and had not been engaged in any dangerous criminal cases. Vavilina was known to have participated in civil cases related to property disputes. Despite the testimony of her colleagues, the investigators do not exclude the possibility that some client could have dealt with the woman due to the fact that he was dissatisfied with the outcome of proceedings. According to Life, recently Vavilina represented the interests of commercial firms that were sued by Russian Railways and Moscow City Administration. The lawyer lost those several cases resulting in her clients losing land plots, buildings or not getting construction permits. However, one of Vavilina’s former colleagues said on condition of anonymity that a client could hardly have been the paymaster.
"She always worked conscientiously with clients. They have never had any complaints against her. Therefore, we can assume that only the opposite side of a case could be interested in her death," said Life’s source.
Sources in law enforcement agencies note that the investigators are also working on a domestic version of the crime. Vavilina’s ex-husband is under suspicion. According to reports, he had tried to get Natalia back after they separated, which led to conflicts.
As the CrimeRussia wrote previously, the crime was committed last night, on April 26. The killer had been waiting for the woman in the entrance hall of an apartment building on Altufevskoe highway. When Vavilina got inside, the unknown man made at least two shots at the woman, after which he disappeared. The woman died on the spot. The Investigative Committee has initiated the case under part 1 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code (Murder) and part 1 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code (Illegal Arm-Trafficking).
We should add that the murderer got caught on a surveillance camera. The camera shows that the woman got out of her car, walked up to the porch, opened the door and the killer got inside after her; it was a man wearing dark glasses and a cap.
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