Rosgvardia officers detained for abducting Dagestani official

Rosgvardia officers detained for abducting Dagestani official
Ibragim Kazibekov

70 million rubles ($1.1m) were demanded for the release of the Minister of Construction, Architecture and Housing and Utilities of Dagestan, Ibragim Kazibekov.⁠

Dagestan saw two senior officers of Rosgvardia being detained on suspicion of involvement in the kidnapping of the Head of the Ministry of Construction of the republic, Ibragim Kazibekov. One of them was police colonel, Head of the Security Department of the administrative building of the regional government Magomed Omarov. The operation was conducted by the FSB.

According to Dag.Life, Omarov is a relative of the Head of Dagestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov. However, the administration of the head and government denied this data. The second suspect, according to some reports, is the Deputy Commander of the Russian Special Police Force (SOBR), Zakir Aliskantov.

Minister of Construction, Architecture and Housing and Utilities of Dagestan Ibragim Kazibekov was kidnapped on July 20 this year. His car was stopped by unknown persons not far from the racecourse on the Makhachkala-Kaspiysk highway, and then, at gunpoint, he was forced to get into their BMW M5. Kazibekov was brought to a house in the center of Makhachkala, where he was chained to a radiator. After that, the kidnappers demanded 70 million rubles ($1.1m) for his release from relatives. The next day, during the transfer of the first part of this sum in the amount of 30 million rubles ($498.9 thousand) the siloviki detained the Aliskantov brothers – Zalkip and Yakhya. The kidnapped official was released.

According to Rasul Temirbekov, the official representative of the Dagestani Directorate of the Investigative Committee, in the beginning the kidnappers asked for a ransom of 100 million rubles ($1.6m), but later reduced the amount to 70 million ($1.1m).

Given that before the civil service Kazibekov was engaged in construction business (he was appointed to his post in July 2015), according to the local publication Chernovik, his abduction could be a consequence of a dispute between business entities. However, at the moment the minister also controls a number of construction companies, in particular, firm Granit, which is the main contractor in major republican projects. In particular, when erecting a residential complex on the site of the racetrack, where, Kazibekov was abducted. It is possible, the newspaper writes, that some part of the work was taken by the brothers Aliskantov, whom Kazibekov owed.

As the Investigative Committee of Dagestan reported on July 24, a criminal case was initiated on this fact under articles: Abduction committed by an organized group (part 3 of Art. 126), Extortion on an especially large scale committed committed by an organized group (part 3 of Art. 163) and Illegal Sale of Firearms (part 1 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code). On July 25, the Soviet District Court of Makhachkala arrested the accused.

The investigation immediately put forward a version of an ordered abduction, in which the Aliskantov brothers could only be executors, TASS reported with reference to the source in the power structures of Dagestan.

As Kommersant reported, Zalkip Aliskantov was convicted in November 2008 for assassination attempt and illegal sale of firearms as part of an organized group and sentenced to eight and a half years in a strict-regime correctional colony.

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