Driver slandered by OCG member to be framed for Karo’s crime
The only witness who had given incriminating testimony in the murder case has retracted his words, but the ICR continues to extend the arrest in court.
As Novye Izvestiya reports, a resident of Nizhny Tagil and a driver at Uralvagonzavod Sergey Bychkov, suspected of complicity in the murder of businessman Vladimir Mashinsky in 2002, has been detained for over a year without any justification. The other day, the Fourth Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia sent a request to the court for further extension of Bychkov’s detention.
It is noteworthy that the only witness to Bychkov’s alleged complicity in the murder – a repeat offender and an OCG member Roman Pogudin, who had served 13 years in prison on charges of banditry – has recanted his testimony. The former prisoner has confessed that he had slandered the driver, hoping to change the measure of restraint. In addition, Bychkov has an alibi for the time of murder. The suspect himself has given a detailed testimony and insisted on a polygraph test, but investigators have not bothered to acquaint him with the results. The law enforcement officers persistently ignore all obvious evidence of the suspect's innocence.
In the event that the period of detention is extended, Bychkov’s lawyers Igor Isaev and Andrey Perov will bring a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights.
The murder of Nizhny Tagil businessman Vladimir Mashinsky took place on November 17, 2002. Unknown persons broke into the hair salon, where the businessman was having his hair cut, and gunned him along with the girl-hairdresser. First suspects in the high-profile case were detained only 14 years later – Roman Pogudin, Andrey Ivanov and Sergey Bychkov ended up in prison in February 2016. Pogudin testified against Bychkov – according to the recidivist, he had allegedly seen the driver in the company of some Emzar Arakelov, known in criminal circles as Roma Gruzin. According to some reports, Roma Gruzin was a member of Sredneuralsk OCG, organized by the thief in law Korogly Magomedov (Karo).
According to investigation, the cause of the conflict between Karo and Mashinsky was the flow of parts stolen from Uralvagonzavod. In late summer 2002, the thief in law Aslan Usoyan (known as Ded Khasan) visited Nizhny Tagil with a check. Discovering a serious shortage in the thieves’ ‘common fund’, Usoyan promised to decrown Karo and transfer the ‘common fund’ to Mashinsky. Then Karo decided to eliminate the competitor with the help of Roma Gruzin.
In 2003, Pogudin and Arakelov were convicted of involvement in an organized crime group, which had been robbing heavy transporters on tracks. Arakelov received 17 years in strict regime prison, while Pogudin was sentenced to 13 years. Sergey Bychkov was a witness at the trial. In 2013, Arakelov died of tuberculosis in prison.
According to the lawyers, the only reason for the extension of Bychkov's arrest is an attempt to frame him for cold cases to improve the annual statistics of crimes solved. The defenders have already found confirmation of their theory – Bychkov has been twice taken from a pre-trial detention to a temporary detention center without any investigative actions. This is usually done by law enforcers to show a suspect to other witnesses, who need to identify the criminal.