Former Cherkizovsky market owner Ismailov accused in absentia of abduction of Avraam Russo
The investigators belive Zaur Mardanov, the fugitive oligarch’s Zaur Mardanov, to be the perpetrator of the crime.
The ICR sent a notice to Telman Ismailov, the former owner of the Cherkizovsky market, on in absentia accusation of the abduction of singer Avraam Russo. Allegedly, Ismailov was the initiator of the crime, and his nephew Zaur Mardanov executed it, TASS reports with a reference to Ismailov’s lawyer Marina Rusakova.
“The investigation charges him with the kidnapping committed by a group of persons by prior agreement,” the defender says.
Rusakova has not seen the notice itself but knows that the document was sent by mail on September 24. Four days earlier, the Basmanny Court of Moscow took Mardanov into custody.
According to the investigation, at the end of January 2004, Telman Ismailov came up with a plan for abducting Russo and ordered his nephew to execute it; the latter got five friends of him involved for help.
On October 15, Mardanov was released from custody for a bail of 10 million rubles ($ 152,000). Ismailov was taken into custody in absentia as accused of organizing the murder of businessmen Vladimir Savkin and Yury Brylev in 2016. The oligarch is hiding abroad and does admit to any of the charges.