Investigative Committee confirms suicide version of 'Russian Elon Musk' death despite reports on traces of tortures and rape

Investigative Committee confirms suicide version of 'Russian Elon Musk' death despite reports on traces of tortures and rape
Valery Pshenichny Photo: Novaya Gazeta

Now the investigation has to find out the reason for the businessman's suicide.

The Investigative Committee confirmed the suicide version of Valery Pshenichny’s death; he was involved in the theft of 100 million rubles ($1.6m) in the design of the Varshavyanka submarine. This is reported by TASS with reference to Head of the ICR Main Investigative Department in St. Petersburg Alexander Klaus.

The preliminary version was announced by the head office of the regional department of the Investigative Committee immediately after the discovery of Pshenichny's body in the four-seat ward of the St. Petersburg's pre-trial detention center No. 4 in early February.

According to the investigation, the attempt to commit suicide turned into an adventure - when Pshenichny was left alone in the cell, he tried to slash wrists with the arch support (a thick insole with thickening under the middle part of the foot), but nothing happened. Then he wanted to kill himself with an electric current, using a cord from the immersion heater, but he survived. As a result, the businessman hanged himself on a cord from the hood of his sweatshirt.

Recall, Novaya Gazeta published forensic evidence in April; it stated that the man was tortured and raped, and then killed. As the newspaper wrote, experts found traces from electrotrauma in the mouth of Pshenichny, cut and stab wounds on the body, and hints of sperm in the rectum. Also, the entrepreneur has a broken spine. The material stated that on February 5 about 2 pm two of his cellmates were taken to conduct some investigative actions, and the third - to a meeting with a lawyer. According to CCTV footage, Pshenichny was out of the cell for some time. How much time he was absent, where he was, in what condition and with whom he returned to the ward, it is unknown, but at 5 o’clock the escort brought his neighbor and discovered Pshenichny’s body.

Also, the Central Office of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) of Russia began its internal audit on the death of Pshenichny. The department called information about the violent death of the entrepreneur "unaudited." And later Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region Igor Potapenko said that he had evidence of the non-involvement of the detention center employees and those who were under investigation in the death of the businessman.

At the same time, it is known that on the eve of his death Pshenichny managed to give a note to his wife in which he asked not to pay any money to anybody several times.

According to lawyer Larissa von Arev, during the arrest of Pshenichny, the operatives have searched his apartment and seized all medical documents. He was not permitted to pack his belongings. The officers said that he wouldn’t need those anymore: “You only need a pit one meter by two.” The lawyer of Pshenichny intends to use this phrase against the investigators who had instituted a criminal case against the businessman. It has to be clarified whether it was a bravado of the police officers or hint at the predetermined fate of Pshenichny.

56-year-old director of Novit Pro JSC Valery Pshenichny was arrested on January 18, 2018, on charges of stealing 100 million rubles during design works of a new type of submarine Varshavyanka. Within the framework of this criminal case, Deputy Chief Engineer of Admiralty Shipyard JSC Gleb Emelchenkov was arrested. According to the investigation, this shipyard transferred 400 million rubles to the account of Novit Pro JSC in advance for the construction of a new submarine in the framework of the contract totaling to almost 1 billion rubles ($16m). According to the investigation, the cost of the work was significantly overestimated, and 100 million rubles from the advance were withdrawn from the accounts of Novit Pro and stolen.

At the same time, Pshenichny's lawyer also revealed some other details - earlier Pshenichny was only a financial director in the company, while the general director was Andrey Petrov; Pshenichny as the principal owner (75% of Novit Pro shares) was asked to take him in the company.

In the autumn of 2017, at the end of the project, Pshenichny discovered that Petrov had appropriated part of the company's money, Larissa von Arev said. The businessman appealed to the police and wrote a statement demanding to initiate a criminal case against Petrov. However, a few months after the plea deal, Petrov was released under recognizance not to leave, and by his testimony, the defendants of the case became Pshenichny and Emelchenkov.

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