Rich kids at the wheel. TOP 10 bloody road traffic accidents in which children of Russian officials were involved
In light of the recent scandal with Gelandewagen, crazily zipping through Moscow streets, sidewalks, and squares, the CrimeRussia decided to recall the most high-profile accidents that occurred due to the fault of the children of the high-ranking officials, and how they ended for them.
The trial on the high-profile case of the so-called golden youth, who got involved in a daring chase with the police comes to its final. The other day, the scheduled court hearing was held, in which the prosecutor asked for a jail time for the son of the Lukoil Vice-President Ruslan Shamsuarov.
The accidents involving children of top-ranking parents always attract attention of the public. Everyone is eager to know how the proceedings, especially if the golden offspring is clearly to blame, will end. Simply put, the question is always the same – is he getting off the hook or not?
Son of the former First Deputy Prime Minister Soskovets
February 28, 1999
Driving a Mercedes-320 along Rublevo-Uspensky highway Alexey Soskovets killed three Tajik workers walking on the sidelines. Two of them were thrown in different directions, the third hung on the radiator grille. According to witnesses, after the car stopped, three people came out of it, dragged the victim away and fled, losing the car’s license plate on the spot. That night, Alexey Soskovets told the police about the car theft. The next day the broken Mercedes was found in the woods. Fingerprints on it had been wiped clean. Soskovets was arrested, but soon was released on bail. The migrant workers, who witnessed the death of their compatriots, urgently left for their motherland. Nothing more about the course of criminal proceedings was reported. Now, Soskovets heads by the Russian Union of Manufacturers..
Photo: Oleg Soskovets
Son of the Kursk Region Governor Alexander Rutskoy
January 21, 1998
In the center of Kursk, the company car Jeep Grand Cherokee of the Kursk Region Governor’s son Alexander Rutsko, Jr., killed a woman. Apart from Rutskoy himself, in the car there were his friend the Federal Agency for Government Communications and Information officer Alexey Novikov and several girls. The media immediately reported that that driver of the Jeep was the Governor's son, and that everyone in the car was drunk. But, during the investigation, Novikov said that it was who he had driven the car, so Rutskoy Jr. was not accused of murder. Subsequently, Rutskoy Sr. has repeatedly said that the media deliberately made a big deal out of the story to discredit him. When he again took part in the election for governor in 2000, by the decision of the Kursk Regional Court, he was removed a few hours before the election for malfeasance, inaccurate data on personal property, violation of election campaigning etc. In 2016, Rutskoy Sr. ran for MPs of the 7th convocation of the State Duma in the federal part of the list of the party Patriots of Russia and the single-mandate district in the Kursk region.
Photo: Alexander Rutskoy and his sons Alexander and Rostislav
Son of Sergey Ivanov, the Russian Defense Minister
May 20, 2005
In Moscow, on Lobachevsky Street, the son of Defense Minister Alexander Ivanov who was driving his Volkswagen Bora knocked down and killed the 68-year-old Svetlana Beridze on a regulated pedestrian crossing. The witness of the tragedy was the Beridze‘s daughter, Nina Plyushch, who claimed that the car raced at speed over 100 km/h and made no attempts to avoid a crash. On the fact, on which traffic signal Beridze was crossing the road, the witnesses’ opinions vary. The criminal case initiated in November 2005 was terminated. As the experts concluded, "the driver had no technical possibility to prevent the knock of the pedestrian." Nina Plyushch filed a complaint against the investigation. In turn, Alexander Ivanov accused the deceased woman’s son-in-law – Oleg Plyushch – of beating. According to Nina Plyushch, her husband was indeed present on the accident scene, but could not even come up to Ivanov: he was guarded by the traffic police and people in civilian clothes who quickly arrived. Nevertheless, against Plyushch a criminal case was initiated, he went to testify, but later subpoenas stopped coming, and what happened to his case the family does not know.
The reports has it as this fact in Sergey Ivanov’s biography did not let him to become Putin's successor instead of Medvedev in 2008. In August 2016, Ivanov was transferred from his post of the Head of the Presidential Administration to the Special Representative of the President on Environmental Activity, Ecology and Transport Issues.
In 2014, Alexander Ivanov drowned during a vacation in Dubai.
Photo: Alexander Ivanov
Daughter of the Chairman of the Irkutsk Region Election Commission Lyudmila Shavenkova
December 2, 2009
Toyota Corolla in Irkutsk hit Pyatkovas sisters, Yelena and Julia. Yelena died on the spot, and later Julia became invalid. According to the traffic police, the driver was driving on slippery road exceeding the speed.
At the first court hearing in July 2010, Shavenkova was sentenced to 2.5 years of imprisonment in a penal colony and was deprived of her right to drive a car for 5 years. However, in accordance with article 82 of the Russian Criminal Code, the court decided to postpone the execution of the sentence for 14 years, until the age of 14 the defendant's son, whom she had given birth with before the trial.
The massive public outcry was caused mainly by Shavenkova’s behavior the first action of whom, after the accident, was examining its damage. The court's decision which was accused of corruption and bias in connection with the official position of her mother also caused public outrage.
In November 2010, Lyudmila Shavenkova resigned due to morale, but on the same day she was appointed as the secretary of regional election committee.
On May 25, 2015, at a hearing of the Oktyabrsky District Court in Irkutsk, it was decided to release Anna Shavenkova from criminal liability in connection with the amnesty in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Victory.
Son of Aliy Chinazirov, the Chief of traffic police in the Republic of Adygea
May 7, 2012
Driving his Toyota Camry, Chinazirov on the streets of Maikop collided with VAZ-21061, in which there were the 20-year-old driver Dmitry Alekhin and 16-year-old passenger Yaroslav Sakerin. Both died from the injuries. A criminal case was initiated against Chinazirov. The police Colonel Aliy Chinazirov, in order to "not to interfere with the investigation of the accident", went on vacation, and later was sacked. The investigation revealed that the driver of Toyota, even though he was sober, had been driving with a significant excess of speed, at 120 km/h, which means he could avoid the accident but did not take any action to do this.
Later, the mother of one of the deceased Elena Alekhina said the Toyota’s driver could be not Askhad Chinazirov, but his older brother Akhmed. According to her, immediately after the accident Akhmed fled home, and when police arrived at the place, they were told that the driver was Askhad. She suggested that Aliy Chinazirov decided to replace the brothers in order not to disfigure the eldest son’s promising career in law enforcement agencies of the Region. At this also points the fact that it was Akhmed, not Askhad, who was taken to a private hospital with injuries after that fateful night.
In addition, the relatives of the dead students claimed that the accident occurred during street races that Akhmed Chinazirov organized with his friends. At the same time, from the place where the race started, surveillance cameras suddenly disappeared. Nevertheless, the investigation adhered to its original version.
Despite the fact that the state prosecution asked to sentence Askhad Chinazirov to 4 years of imprisonment in a penal colony, the Maikop City Court in September 2014 gave him a 3-year suspended sentence. Chinazirov was also deprived of a driving license for the same period. In addition, the Court found the deceased VAZ driver one of the culprits of the accident: he turned into the main road from the minor one and violated the traffic rules applied in such situations.
Photo: Askhad Chinazirov
Son of the Republican Traffic Police Chief Rifkat Minnikhanov and the nephew of the Head of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov
March 28, 2014
In the city of Almetyevsk, Minnikhanov in his Land Rover, while dodging people on a pedestrian crossing, hit the bus stop, by which the 16-year-old Alexander Trofimov was killed. After long examinations, the investigation came to the conclusion that in the current road conditions the driver was not possible to avoid the collision. For this reason, it was decided not to initiate a criminal case, with which the Prosecutor's Office of the republic agreed. As the witness of the incident Evgeny Kalistratov who, however, did not possess an official status of the witness, told later, he did not see any pedestrians on the road whom Minnikhanov allegedly dodged. Later, the driver's father, the Head of traffic police in Tatarstan Rifkat Minnikhanov said his son met with the family of the deceased and asked for forgiveness.
Rifkat Minnikhanov left the post of the Head of the traffic police in Tatarstan in August this year in connection with retirement. His uncle – Rustam Minnikhanov – is still the Head of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Daughter of the Irkutsk City Duma Deputy from the United Russia Janna Yeseva
July 27, 2015
At a speed of 160 km/h on one of the crossroads of Irkutsk, Kiseleva’s Mercedes rammed a SUV which in turn hit another two cars. As a result, two people who were in the SUV died. One of them was the Chief of the Irkutsk Police Criminal Investigation Department No. 4 Colonel Albert Sokolov, the second - a businessman Denis Matveyev. The main piece of evidence for the prosecution was a video recording of the accident, showing that Kiseleva made no attempt to avoid a collision or to slow down. Besides, in alcohol in amount of 1.8 ppm was detected the blood of the woman.
According to the law, for a drunken accident with two or more dead, the perpetrator faces up to 9 years. However, the court sentenced Kiseleva to 3.5 years in a settlement colony (the public prosecutor demanded 5.5 years). The lawyers of the accused decided to use the trick which was already well-known in Irkutsk: they asked to postpone the execution of the sentence until Kiseleva’s little daughter becomes 14 years old. The victims, in turn, appealed the verdict, considering it too soft. Later, the court extended the sentence up to 4 years. However, she was serving her time in a very peculiar way: six months later, the media discovered that Kiseleva was in one of the hospitals of Irkutsk, where she was only occasionally visited by the staff of the colony-settlement. And in July of this year, Kiselev got out of jail and moved to St. Petersburg. The Court therefore granted the request of the defense on the postponement of the punishment until her child is 14 years old.
Immediately after the accident, Kiseleva’s mother Janna Yeseva wrote a letter of resignation, but later withdrew it, and now continues to sit in the City Duma.
Son of the Lipetsk Region Governor Oleg Korolyov
September 26, 2015
Roman Korolev who holds a senior position himself – the Deputy Prosecutor of the Kursk Region – driving his Volkswagen Touareg in the village Cheremisinovo of the same region knocked down the 57-year-old woman who was walking on the carriageway. From her injuries, she died before the arrival of doctors. The Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case under Article Violation of Traffic Rules and Operation of vehicles, resulting in the death of man (part 3 of Art. 264 of the Russian Criminal Code). At the time of the investigation, Korolev was removed from his position.
According to unconfirmed reports, the day before, Korolev attended the banquet which was held in the regional Prosecutor's Office and tried to drive off from the scene of the accident. Later, the media reported that on Korolev’s case, the capital investigators work, but at what stage it was, remained unknown.
Oleg Korolev continues to work as the Head of the Administration of the Lipetsk Region.
Photo: Roman Korolev
Son of Nikolai Yakovlev, the Deputy Head Gazprom Transgaz Volgograd
October 6, 2015
Driving Toyota Land Cruiser Prado along one of the streets of Volgograd, Roman Yakovlev at a pedestrian crossing got killed the 21-year-old Vladislav Ivanov, who in the late evening on roller skates was crossing the road on a green light. The driver tried to brake, but the speed with which he was going was too fast. Immediately after the accident, Yakovlev fled but later returned to the scene, where he was detained. On account of Yakovlev, there already had been 60 different offenses on the road, more than half of them for speeding.
The court found him guilty of violating traffic rules, which negligently caused human death. Yakovlev was sentences to 2.5 years in a penal colony, and was deprived of a driving license for 3 years. In addition, he paid 3 million rubles as compensation for moral damages to relatives of the deceased young man. Nikolai Yakovlev continues to work in the same place.
Son of the former Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation and State Duma Deputy Boris Ivanyuzhenkov
May 28, 2016
In his BMW X6, Ivanyuzhenkov crashed into a public transport stop in Podolsk, leaving two people injured – a 20-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman. Severely injured, they were to the intensive care. Coming out of the car and paying no attention to the injured people, Ivanyuzhenkov began to unscrew the license plate number. On the same day, he was arrested and placed under house arrest, the criminal case was initiated. According to the investigators, the young man lost control of the car while overtaking another vehicle. Earlier, he violated the traffic rules relating to speed limits more than 20 times.
In late August, the criminal case was terminated due to reconciliation of the parties. As Ivanyuzhenkov’s lawyer reported, all victims have received compensation and have no claims against the defendant.
Anton’s father, Boris Ivanyuzhenkov, heads the Executive Committee of the Russian Boxing Federation, is the first Vice-President of the Paralympic Committee of the country. In the past, he was the Head of the Ministry of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. However, apart from the bureaucratic career, according to the operational files Ivanyuzhenkov has also succeeded in a criminal career. In the 90s, he was known as a member of Podolsk gang under the nickname Rotan and was the right hand of the gang leader Sergei Lalakina nicknamed Luchok (Onion).
Chasing the Gelendwagen – will they get off the hook or not?
In all the cases mentioned above, there are such elements as an expensive car, senior parents and a sense of total impunity. So it was in the recent case – the well-knownchase on the Gelandewagen, where just by chance there were no casualties – the police pursuing the teens raging from permissiveness later told that they had to drive almost in the center of Moscow at a speed of at least 200 km/h on wet asphalt.
The group of friends – Ruslan Shamsuarov (the son of the Lukoil Vice-President Azat Shamsuarov), Abduvahob Madjidov, Viktor Uskov, Mara Baghdasaryan and Magomed Teterashvili – were driving in early May morning the car Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen along the streets of Moscow. Behind the wheel of a car belonging to Shamsuarov, there was Madjidov and Teterashvili via his phone broadcasted what was happening on the Internet (it was stated at the trial by Shamsuarov). The record shows that young people are trying to escape from the police pursuit grossly violating the traffic rules.
Having released the video, the young people were counting on fame and eventually got it to the fullest. After numerous publications in the media, the case got resonant. The situation was commented by the Head of the Moscow police Anatoliy Yakunin, who stated that participants of the chase should be arrested for at least 15 days. Later, for this term Majidov was arrested for disobeying a police officer, and after him the same happened to Shamsuarov and Uskov. Mara Baghdasaryan also was held in custody for 10 days.
Well, in the meantime, against Shamsuarov, Majidov and Uskov, a criminal cases were initiated for threats of use of force against a government representative and insults.
Photo: Shamsuarov and his friends during detention
At the first court hearing, Shamsuarov said that a rod thrown by the traffic police officer had hit the bumper of his girlfriend’s car and that police later threatened him with a gun. And in general, as Shamsuarov’s lawyer said, because of the case, his client experienced severe inner emotions and even partially had gone gray.
On October 12, the public prosecutor asked the Gagarin Court to sentence Majidov to 2 years and 1 month in a penal colony, Shamsuarov to 2 years and 1 month in a penal colony, Uskov to 2 years and 7 months in a penal colony.
By the way, Mara Baghdasaryan was not in this company by chance. She has long been well-known among the street racing community and not once had become a heroine of road accidents.
For example, in 2015, BMW, in which she was, slipped into the oncoming lane on Kutuzov Avenue and collided with two cars. Mara got knocked out of the windshield and remained alive, and her companion – the 18-year-old Mark Halperin – has died. Later, in the intensive care unit the third member of this accident – Islam Tatarashvili – died as well. But neither the hospital, nor the prison, apparently, can fix Baghdasaryan’s passion for crazy races. Since the release from the detention center in late May, Mara has raced up to 250 thousand rubles of fines, having violated the traffic rules more than 140 times. More than half of them are for gross violations of speed limits, including exceeding the speed limit by more than 60 and 80 km/h.
Photo: Mara Bagdasaryan
And the question arises again: will they actually go to prison or will get off the hook again? After all, from the above list of the fatal accidents, only one culprit went to jail. It turns out that not only parents, but also the imperfection of our legislation encourages socially dangerous characters who know from childhood that they "can do everything."
On September 21, kingpin Vladimir Vagin, aka Vagon, hanged himself. Two years earlier another thief in law Max Pioner also committed suicide. Vagon's lawyer does not believe in the version of suicide and intends to apply for a forensic medical examination.