ICR initiates case over Head of Knyazhevo District beaten with bat
The perpetrators are yet to be detained.
The Investigative Committee of Russia in St. Petersburg opened a criminal case regarding the attack on December 2. Dmitry Kozlov, head of the Knyazhevo District, was attacked in the southwest of the city. The case was opened under part 2 of Art. 112 of the Criminal Code (Intentional infliction of injury to health of average gravity, by a group of persons and using weapons). The law enforcement bodies have not yet detained the attackers.
According to CrimeRussia’s previous reports, the attack occurred on Friday morning, December 2. Three masked men attacked the official near his home, located at 24/2 Novatorov Boulevard. The offenders delivered multiple blows with bats before fleeing in a car. Dmitry Kozlov was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Later, the victim stated that the attackers kept saying they were punishing him “for the election”, although Kozlov took no part in the September election.
The police linked the attack to the official’s commercial activity, because in addition to civil service, Dmitry Kozlov is actively engaged in entrepreneurship.
It is to be recalled that earlier, in 2014, Dmitry Kozlov had been caught by the anticorruption activist from FBK on commercial activities and violation of anti-corruption legislation (at that time, he served as the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Defense). Dmitry Kozlov was combining the state service with business activity, which violates the law. As FBK claims, Kozlov is affiliated to the following companies: CJSC Stroitelno-montazhnoye upravleniye 55 (Construction and Installation Management 55) (founder), Tekhnologii sotsialnogo razvitiya (Social Development Technologies) (founder), Jannetta (Founder and CEO), Proektno-Stroitelnaya komplaniya Lider (Design and Construction Company Leader) (founder and CEO).
Also, Dmitry Kozlov was the assistant to the former State Duma Deputy from the Edinaya Rossiya, Vladimir Pekhtin. Late in March 2013, Pekhtin passed the mandate, as the media reported that he owned an undeclared real estate in the United States.
The Russia’s Investigative Committee central office has taken the case of former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Marat Oganesyan for investigation. However, the St. Petersburg’s Investigative Committee dept (regional dept where the case had been investigated previously) did not find state budget damage in the Zenit Arena fraud case.
Among his accomplices are a lawyer, who presented himself as the plenipotentiary of the self-proclaimed republic in the International Criminal Court with the United Nations, and an entrepreneur, already serving a sentence for attempting to seize a building.