ICR calls wounded National Guard officer instigator of November shooting in Moscow City
According to the investigation, “by his presence, demonstrating numerical and physical superiority,” Dmitry Yakobson was ready to use weapons against his opponents.
The investigation reveals new defendant in the shooting in Moscow City in 2017. An employee of the National Guard’s Okhrana FSUE, Dmitry Yakobson, who had been seriously injured in the stomach, has been charged under Hooliganism (Art. 213 of the Russian Criminal Code). According to , the investigator visited Yakobson in the hospital, where he was undergoing treatment. The National Guard officer refused to admit guilt in the charges and was released on his own recognizance.
To recall, November 17, seven people were wounded, including two officers of the National Guard’s Okhrana FSUE, who guarded one of the leaders of the Izmaylovo OCG, Dmitry Borisovich Pavlov, during the celebration of his 50th anniversary, in the shooting in the Oko Tower.
It was reported that the bloody incident started after the employees of the Greps-2 private security company (PSC) did not like the way the limousine of businessman Gabriel Yushvaev, also known as Garik Makhachkala, was parked. In a rude manner and resorting to violence, the PSC employees asked the driver to move his car. However, Yushvaev’s guards – Magomed Ismailov and Eldar Khamidov, who were later charged with Hooliganism and Attempt at Murder (Art. 30 and 105 of the Russian Criminal Code) – came to his rescue.
Now the ICR Main Investigations Directorate investigators are positive that the guards of the gangland businessman Dmitry Pavlov, including Yakobson, are guilty of the incident. The same charges have been brought against PSC officers Kirill Titorenko and Platon Koyda; the latter has been charged posthumously, as he had been killed in the shooting. After learning about the conflict over the parked car, Titorenko and Koyda decided to ride an elevator down to “provide force and physical support” and entered into a criminal conspiracy aimed at committing hooliganism with the use of weapons. Yakobson joined them along the way.
When on the ground floor, “realizing their joint criminal intent,” the case defendants and at least two more unidentified persons began to “use coarse obscene language, insulting human dignity” of Magomed Ismailov, “wishing to oppose themselves to others and demonstrate a disdainful attitude towards them.” “Demonstrating that he is the leader of the group,” Titorenko spat in the direction of Eldar Khamidov, and then pulled out his weapon.
According to the ICR, “by his presence, demonstrating numerical and physical superiority,” Yakobson was ready to use weapons against his opponents. The PSC employee Koyda and other unidentified persons did the same, according to the investigators. After that, continuing to realize their criminal intent and “wanting to humiliate the honor and dignity of others,” Titorenko and the National Guard officer “began to make numerous shots with their weapons for the purpose of causing bodily harm and suppress the resistance” of Ismailov, Khamidov, and other people. After that, the shooters left the scene.
Yakobson’s lawyer said that the accusations contradict the ballistic examination and the testimony of witnesses. In addition, according to Adviser to the National Guard Director Aleksandr Khinshteyn, the internal investigation found no violations in the actions of Yakobson. He assured that the National Guard management intends to protect their employee by all legal means.
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