Roscosmos top-manager Evdokimov resisted attackers before death

Roscosmos top-manager Evdokimov resisted attackers before death
Vladimir Evdokimov Photo: Petr Kassin / Kommersant

This is evidenced by the results of the body examination.

Roscosmos top-manager Vladimir Evdokimov, who died in his cell in SIZO No.5 (pre-trial detention center), could have been resisting his attackers. This has been concluded after the body was examined and some "changes" were found on it.

"We can presume that the deceased had tried to resist before he died, but he lacked sufficient strength," reported a law enforcement source to Interfax. "We cannot be absolutely sure of this, but traces on Evdokimov's body allow us to assume so”, he said. Having inspected the scene, the investigators made a preliminary conclusion that the death of the Roscosmos former top manager had been wrongful rather than resulted from injuries he had inflicted upon himself.

The official version claims the prisoner’s body was found at around 4 am on March 18 in the cell’s bathroom with the door locked from the inside. Doctors found knife wounds in the heart area. Later, the Investigative Committee announced the incident was a murder and started interrogating the top-manager’s cellmates. All the prisoners who were held in one cell with Evdokimov have been put in solitary confinement cells, so that they could not talk to each other.

Meanwhile, the Moscow Public Monitoring Commission (PMC) has been wondering as to why the Roscosmos top manager had been placed in Vodnik SIZO No. 5 rather than into Lefortovo or Matrosskaya Tishina where top-level prisoners are usually held. Initially, he had a cell with 5 other people, all elderly. Then he was transferred to a 12-people cell. They all were younger than Evdokimov and accused of non-violent crimes: mainly in illegal banking, fraud and drug trafficking.

Human rights activists say the murder might have been premeditated, and there was a reason Evdokimov had been transferred to a cell with no video surveillance. The murderer was probably a cellmate who had been hired by someone. The top-manager’s status could have been the motive so that Evdokimov could no longer testify adversely. He had pleaded not guilty, but was willing to cooperate with the investigation.

Vladimir Evdokimov, the Roscosmos Chief Operating Officer for quality control and reliability, had been charged with embezzlement totaling 200 million rubles ($3.5m) being a part of a gang). He had been arrested in Moscow last December.

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