Newly appointed Pskov region Head detained for kidnapping committed 12 years ago
The incident occurred in 2005. The kidnapping was committed for the purpose of extortion.
Mikhail Vedernikov, who was appointed Acting Governor of the Pskov region, was detained 12 years ago (in 2005) on suspicion of kidnapping.
Vedernikov was detained on September 20, 2005. Then the new Head of the Pskov region was a deputy of the municipal assembly of the Vyborg district of the Leningrad region. The state servant was charged with Kidnapping (Article 126 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
According to the investigation, Vedernikov and his brother Nikolai "forced citizen Dmitry Zaigraev under the threat of violence to get into the BMW car belonging to Mikhail Vedernikov, at the petrol station in Vyborg and took him to the forest near Vyborg."
There they "caused Zaigraev injuries, which are classified as light injuries."
The actions of the brothers were substantiated to extorting $600 and three minibuses, then local media wrote. The suspects were caught red-handed when they received money.
It is strange, but after this incident there is no information about the further movement of the criminal case. For 12 years past since that time, Vedernikov has built a successful career in the Presidential Administration for domestic politics and embassies – first form the North Caucasian Federal District, and then the Northwestern Federal District. Now he, after the post of deputy plenipotentiary, took office as Acting Governor of the Pskov region. Mikhail Vedernikov’s biography missed information about his detention and criminal case against him and his brother.
Let's remind readers that the previous Governor of the Pskov region, Andrei Turchak, is suspected of organizing a beating of journalist Oleg Kashin. The journalist has already commented on Vedernikov's appointment on his Facebook page, noting that the new Head of the region "is nobody’s fool."