New details about Champion Elena Rukhlyada’s kidnapping by ex-husband from OMON
The man took the athlete to the Bibikha village in Novosibirsk region.
Athlete Elena Rukhlyada has been kidnapped by her ex-husband, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports. Former police officer and military Yaroslav Fokin has taken the 33-year-old champion in running to Bibikha, Novosibirsk region, where he kept her in a tent handcuffed to himself.
Fokin used to serve in the OMON riot police and fight in hot spots, including in Chechnya. In 2015, he was transferred to the Ministry of Defense's GRU. He served there until May 2019, and then became a shooting club instructor.
Friends of the athlete report that Fokin was incredibly jealous and often beat her. The woman would report his actions to the police, but they did not respond to her complaints. As a result, the couple split up despite the fact that they had two sons. After the divorce, the man continued to stalk the athlete.
On June 18, 2019, Rukhlyada returned to Russia from competitions in Spain. Fokin rushed into her apartment, where she was spending time with her friend. Threatening with a knife, the attacker tied up the couple and then took the car keys from his ex-wife boyfriend. He pushed her into a sports bag so that she would not resist, carried her out of the building, and put her in a car.
Rukhlyada was searched for two days. The ICR Investigations Directorate in the Novosibirsk region has initiated a criminal case under Murder (Art. 105 of the Russian Criminal Code). On Wednesday, June 19, the police found the stolen car near a forest. The car was empty. As a result, the kidnapper and his victim were found in Bibikha, Novosibirsk region. Fokin kept the woman chained to his leg in a tent.
The kidnapper has been detained. Elena Rukhlyada is testifying in the ICR. A criminal case under Kidnapping (Art. 126) has been initiated. Deputy Prosecutor General of the Zaeltsovsky district of the Novosibirsk region, Aleksey Yarik, noted that law enforcers assess the episodes of hijacking, death threats, and the violation of the inviolability of the home.
Elena Rukhlyada is a winner of the world championships in mountain running in team competition. In 2011, she won the silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in mountain running in individual championship. In 2017, she became the champion of Russia in skyrunner marathon.