Pastry chef from Oryol-city to stand trial for murder of Moscow official and businessman

Pastry chef from Oryol-city to stand trial for murder of Moscow official and businessman
Andrey Uvarov, deputy manager of Moscow Department of Science and Industrial Policy

According to a source close to Russia’s Investigative Committee, if Vladimir Mukhin had not made voluntary statements, he would not have been convicted of the crime.

Department of the Investigative Committee in Oryol Oblast forwarded to the Prosecution Service a criminal case on murders of a Moscow official Andrey Uvarov and a former head of Oryolstroy Vladimir Sobolev. This is reported by Kommersant with references to several sources close to the region’s law-enforcement authorities and the entourage of the accused.

The only defendant in the case is an owner of an association of confectionery industries Vladimir Mukhin. Investigators believe that he shot Andrey Uvarov on the night of May 4, 2013 in the entrance of his building and Vladimir Sobolev on September 24, 2014, in his Mercedes.

Investigators could not find the murderer for more than 5 years. In late January, 2018, Vladimir Mukhin was detained after he attempted to receive 15 million rubles ($219 thousand) from Vasily Uvarov, son of the deceased Andrey Uvarov. The Investigative Committee reported that the suspect started to testify shortly thereafter. At the present time, he is in a remand prison.

“If Vladimir Mukhin had not made voluntary statements, he would not have been convicted of the crime.” An inteviewed by Kommersant said. He did not specify what made Mukhin be frank and open. However, he supposed that the accused may expect commutation of sentence thanks to his cooperation with the investigation.

The Investigative Committee does not comment upon completion of the investigation, so far. It is to be added that this spring, Vladimir Mukhin was already sentenced to 2 years of imprisonment for ammunition storage (of the same gun that was used to kill Uvarov and Sobolev) and a fine of 150 thousand rubles ($2.2 thousand) for violence used against public officials (item 1 of article 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and item 1 of article 318). 

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