Moscow City skirmish participants trained in arrested champion’s club  

Moscow City skirmish participants trained in arrested champion’s club
Magomed Ismailov Photo: KP

Magomed Ismailov is a two-time world champion in kick-boxing (in 1996 and 2001). He also won world championships in Thai Boxing twice.

The Presnensky Court of Moscow apprehended two participants in the shootout in one of the towers of Moscow City, which caused death of a guard of the complex, and injuries to several others. Kommersant reports, the court satisfied the motion of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia on the arrest of Magomed Ismailov and Eldar Khamidov. Ismailov is charged with Hooliganism by a group of persons (part 2 of Art. 213 of the Criminal Code), and Khamidov – with Attempted Murder (Art. 30 and Art. 105 of the Criminal Code).

The first point on the agenda was the measure of restraint for 40-year-old Ismailov. The detainee turned out to be a resident of Barvikha, the Moscow region, and the director of a sports club. He denied specifying the name of the club. According to investigator Levon Agadzhayan, the law enforcers have grounds for believing that other participants in the shooting trained at Ismailov's club.

According to Komsomolskaya Pravda, in the past Magomed Ismailov twice received the title of world champion in kick-boxing (in 1996 and 2001), and twice won the world championships in Thai boxing (in 1998 and 2001). At the same time he has a law degree - Ismailov graduated from the law school of Dagestan branch of Kutafin Moscow State Law University.


Lawyer of Ismailov Sergey Okorochkov asked to postpone the court session for 72 hours, as the investigation provided "unreadable" case materials, from which it is unclear where the testimonies of the accused are, and where the ones of the witnesses and victims. The court refused to the lawyer. Okorochkov also noted that on November 19 his client came to the Moscow Criminal Intelligence himself to prove his innocence in the conflict. According to the lawyer, the investigator "did not properly issue a voluntary appearance". Okorochkov asked to place Ismailov under house arrest or to release him on bail, mentioning that he has three underage children. However, the court eventually authorized Ismailov's arrest for 1 month and 28 days.

Earlier it was reported that the full namesake of the detainee was involved in the conflict - European MMA champion Magomed Ismailov, also known as Kobra. However, the fighter refuted this information. "I did not participate in any skirmishes and fights," Ismailov claimed.

The second accused was 29-year-old native of Kizlyar Eldar Khamidov. As written by Komsomolskaya Pravda, the brawl in Moscow City left him with a fracture as a result of a bullet from a traumatic gun. In court, Khamidov stated that he participates in fights without rules. According to the investigation, in 2015 he was convicted by the Kuschevsky District Court for Illegal Sale of Firearms by a group of persons (part 2 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code).

Khamidov was identified by one of the employees of Rosgvardiya, who suffered in the shootout. The investigators tend to believe that it was he who shot at Dmitry Yakobson, who was injured in the stomach and is now under the supervision of doctors. A deposit of 5 million rubles ($83.3 thousand) was offered for Khamidov. The court, however, turned a deaf ear to this offer and arrested the athlete for two months.

As one of the previous reports read, one of the victims in the shootout passed away in the hospital.



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