“He reloads his gun and takes two steps back, ‘So, do we blow them away?’” Tsygan Dima told his version of Yekaterinburg massacre 

“He reloads his gun and takes two steps back, ‘So, do we blow them away?’” Tsygan Dima told his version of Yekaterinburg massacre
Tsygan (Gypsy) Dmitry has told how he and his friends attacked a Cossack Shishov Photo: Andrey Guselnikov © URA.Ru

Investigation Committee officers have interrogated the second party to the armed conflict in a gypsy settlement in Yekaterinburg, namely Dmitry Pestrikov, who had led a crowd of people to the house of a Cossack Oleg Shishov. Dima’s law wife Alisa, a daughter of one of the defenders, Aleksandr Dutov, has also testified.

Investigative actions were completed late at night. Immediately after the interrogation, Tsygan Dima and Alisa gave an interview to URA.Ru, in which they outlined their version of the events.

According to Dima, he did have a conflict with Oleg Shishov two days before the shooting; the latter had insulted him when Dmitry and Alisa had come to say happy birthday to her mother. “It was embarrassing; I was sitting on a bench, and then Shishov appeared, saying ‘move over!’; then he began shouting obscenities and told me to eff off,” Dmitry tells. “I did not reply, but at some point I thought I should not be having it.”

However, in Dmitry’s words, he decided not to get into a beef, since he was one man against four, so he and Alisa left. The following day while in Nizhny Tagil on business, he received a call from Shishov, who was mad at the fact Dima had not shown up at the meet-up; “there was no meet-up; are we in the 90's or something?” replied Pestrikov. Nevertheless, they made an appointment, and Dmitry went to Shishov’s place directly from Nizhny Tagil.

“I was afraid to go by myself, so I asked my brother for help; he is wiser than me, after all,” Dmitry continues. “Since I’m from the southwest, all of my boys showed up as well.” Thus, there were five cars in front of Shishov’s house. Among those who had arrived there were martial artists from the Khrabr club, with whom Dima’s brother used to participate in sports lessons. “When I went up to the house, they were carrying guns and pistols,” the young man recalls. “I told them that we had come here to talk, and there was no need for guns.” Dmitry said that only one person had a gun from his side, namely, the deceased Kirill Shtripling.

“They say you were the first to fire?” 

“How could we? We couldn’t even just leave the scene. Our only thought was to neutralize them,” the young boy explains. “They were told to throw the weapons into the yard. ‘If you want to beat Dima’s ass, do it, he’s right here. Kick him, one kick won’t do much harm.’ But this wasn’t something they wanted to do. They were tackling us, carrying their guns. Things got ugly as he reloaded his gun and took two steps back, ‘So, do we blow them away?’ There was nothin' else we could do; one of my friends pushed Aleksandr over the head with his arm, and he hit the fence. When he turned the gun on Ruslan, the latter got him down. Naturally, then there were shots coming from the house, everybody ran.”

It is noteworthy that Dima and his wife Alisa disagree in their further outline of the events; Dima claims that those who had been lying on the floor got up and started shooting with a machine gun; Alisa (who was in the car at the time) emphasizes that her knocked down father was lying on the ground and did not participate in the shooting.


According to Dmitry, he deems himself and his friends the victims. He is aware of the martial artists Ilya Tashimov and Kirill Shtripling’s deaths, and regrets that it happened. “They’ll go to heaven; may they rest in peace,” Tsygan Dima said. He did not want to talk about his feelings about their deaths, saying only that he could easily be in their place.

“I used to participate in meetings in their name, and we had guns too; but no one expected (this to happen),” Pestrikov explains. “If I had a child in my car, my child would come with me. I couldn’t believe that 40-olds are capable of something like that. They are wrong in every way; they violated both the rules of humans and the state. This is not how you behave when you have grey in your hair.”

After the interrogation, Dmitry (just like Oleg Shishov and Aleksandr Dutov) went home; according to them, they had seen each other many times in the Investigative Committee building. Dima’s law wife and Dutov’s daughter Alisa has also testified (at the moment, she is five months pregnant). Her brother Aleksey, who picked up a Vepr carbine and shot the militant athletes standing in front of him, remains at large.

Video: the version of Dmitry Tsygan



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