New articles pinned on Sagid Murtazaliev's underboss at the eleventh hour  

New articles pinned on Sagid Murtazaliev's underboss at the eleventh hour
Andrey Vinogradov Photo: Gennady Gulyaev / Kommersant

The court returned the criminal case against the former Head of Kizlyarsky district of Dagestan Andrey Vinogradov to the Prosecutor General's Office at the request of the prosecution. It happened a few moments before the verdict was passed.⁠

The sensational case against former Head of  Kizlyarsky district of Dagestan Andrey Vinogradov, considered to be the right-hand man of politician Sagid Murtazaliev, took an unexpected twist. The jury was ready to pass a sentence for the accused of encroachment on the life of a policeman (Art. 317 of the Criminal Code), but the prosecution demanded to return the case to the Prosecutor General's Office to add Vinogradov several more articles of the Criminal Code.

As The CrimeRussia has previously written, Andrey Vinogradov was charged with an attempt on an employee of the Dagestani police, Abdulzagir Abdulkaparov. The incriminated criminal episode dates back to 2004. At that time, Vinogradov worked as a bodyguard and driver of deputy of the People's Assembly of Dagestan, the Olympic champion in free-style wrestling and person within the circle of the Head of Chechnya Sagid Murtazaliev. According to the case materials, Murtazaliyev's guards beat policeman Abdulkaparov, when he stopped the motorcade of the deputy for violating traffic rules. Investigators believe that Vinogradov shot a policeman from the weapon, but missed. At that time, the conflict was hushed up. The siloviki took an interest in this case only 10 years later. In 2015, Andrey Vinogradov, who was already in charge of Kizlyarsky district of Dagestan, was detained by FSB special forces that flew from Moscow.

The criminal case against Andrey Vinogradov was conducted in Moscow. Since July of this year, the Moscow City Court has considered the case with the participation of jurors. The jury heard the witnesses and was ready to pass judgment (only the debates of the parties were left). However, on the eve the prosecution unexpectedly announced a motion for the return of Vinogradov's case to the Prosecutor General's Office, and the court granted it by dismissing the jury. Employees of the supervisory authority considered that the ex-Head of Kizlyarsky district should be judged for one more criminal episode under Art. 317 of the Criminal Code, as well as for Attempted Murder (Art. 105 of the Criminal Code) and Financing of Terrorism (Art. 205.1 of the Criminal Code). Given the last point of the prosecution, it is likely that military justice will now be engaged in the case. It should be noted that the incriminated crimes were earlier brought against Sagid Murtazaliev, who has been hiding in the UAE for several years.

Сагид Муртазалиев

David Mirtazaliev

The investigation believes that betweeen 2009 and 2010 Murtazaliyev, who at that time occupied the post of Head of Kizlyarsky district at first gave the militants 2.7 million rubles ($45 thousand), and then $100 thousand through his deputy Vinogradov. For this, the members of the gang, according to investigators, shot the Deputy Head of the Center of Counteraction to Extremism Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Dagestan, colonel Shevket Kudzhayev and committed an attempt on the vice-mayor of Kizlyar Vasily Naumochkin. Murtazaliyev decided to eliminate Kudzhaev and Naumochkin, as they allegedly interfered with his 'illegal activities'.

The testimony against Murtazaliev and his protege was given by convicted operative Yusup Gasanov. However, Vinogradov's defense claims that the testimony does not even coincide chronologically with the events it talks about.

The prosecution decided to recall terrorism and attempted murder, as it feared that the jury could acquit Vinogradov, lawyer Murad Musaev believes.

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Andrey Vinogradov began his career in the early 2000s as a driver of Murtazaliev. In 2008, Vinogradov already receives the post of the Head of the Kizlyar Autostation. In 2009, he became Deputy Head of the district administration, and in 2010, at the age of 28, headed the district. Moreover, according to some information, Vinogradov was none other than mafia enforcer for the district. It is also known that he is married to Murtazaliev's cousin.

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