Budantsev initiated legal proceeding with Dozhd TV channel

Budantsev initiated legal proceeding with Dozhd TV channel
Eduard Budantsev

Eduard Budantsev accused of double murder during firefight on Rochdelskaya Street insists that the TV channel has spread information “discrediting his honor and dignity”.

On Monday, July 3, preliminary hearing on the claim of one of the main defendants in the case over firefight on Rochdelskaya Street of Eduard Budantsev against Dozhd TV channel and lawyer Ruslan Suleymanov took place in the Ostankino Court of Moscow. As BFM reports, the former employee of KGB of the USSR and Regional Directorate for Combating Organized Crime insists that the TV channel has spread information “discrediting his honor and dignity and violating his right to personal privacy”.

Thus, the claimant refers to the plot shown on Dozhd TV channel on April 27, 2017, during program Here and Now, where it was told that “Budantsev took out his gun first, provoked the beginning of the fight and shot two people” and at the same time “lives at home”.  Budantsev was also revolted with words of the former lawyer of owner of Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya Street Janna Kim, Ruslan Suleymanov, who noted this fact, saying that Budantsev “was given house arrest for two murders”. Other claims of the claimant are connected with the phrase: “Budantsev's version that he was invited to the conflict by Zhanna Kim, contradicts case papers”. The TV channel found out that Budantsev was sent to the conflict in the restaurant, which ended up with the death of two people, by Kazakh businessman Kenes Rakishev, who allocated funds for the opening of the institution to his acquaintance Janna Kim.

Budantsev estimated the moral harm caused to him by actions of the defendants at 250 thousand rubles ($4 thousand). He asks to collect 200 thousand ($3 thousand) from Dozhd and 50 thousand rubles ($800) — from Ruslan Suleymanov. Defendants, as the portal reports, did not recognize the claim. Ruslan Suleymanov asked the representative of the claimant to specify claim requirements, specifying what claims exactly does Budantsev have to him. The court appointed trial on the merits to August 22.

As the CrimeRussia wrote earlier with reference to other media, investigators of the Main Investigation Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow softened Eduard Budantsev’s article - now instead of murder of two people he is accused of Article 108 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Murder Committed in Excess of the Requirements of Justifiable Defence). It was reported that Budantsev was under house arrest. Recently it became known that he is released on recognizance.

It is worth reminding that lawyer Budantsev was detained on December 14, 2015, right after the events in Elements restaurant belonging to Janna Kim who called Budantsev for negotiations with helpers of Shakro Molodoy (Zakhar Kalashov). Solvation of a monetary dispute at the cost of 8 million rubles ($135 thousand) between Kim and designer Fatima Misikova whose interests were represented by an accomplice of Shakro Molodoy, Andrey Kochuykov known as Italiyanets (Italian), turned into a firefight. Two employees of a private security firm (PSF) under control to Zakhar Kalashov were shot personally by Budantsev from fighting Beretta, several people were wounded from the traumatic weapon which the staff of PSF had. A while after Budantsev's detention the Main Investigation Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow initiated proceedings under article 105 Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Murder of two and more people).

Meanwhile, according to testimonies of former police officers Denis Romashkin, Ildar Shakirov and Renat Zinnatulin accused of inaction during the firefight on Rochdelskaya, armed conflict between the parties was provoked by Budantsev.

Later one of the participants of the firefight from Budantsev’s side, an employee of the juridical firm Dictatorship of the Law headed by him, declared that “suddenly arisen personal hostility” between security guard of Italiyanets, Aleksey Kitaev, and Budantsev became the reason of the firefight. According to him Italiyanets, on the contrary, tried to prevent the bloodshed but did not succeed.

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