Slaughter over debts. Investigative Committee published photos of judoka Kushnir’s murder scene
Pools of blood and shells can be seen in the photos.
The press service of Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Samara region has published a photo from the scene of the murder of 27-year-old judoka Yevgeny Kushnir in Levsha cafe in the center of Togliatti. The pictures feature a pool of blood and a shell. The body of the athlete was found in the cafe on June 24. A criminal case of Murder (part 1 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) has been opened.
Earlier it was reported that Kushnir had been killed during a criminal skirmish because of debts. A 31-year-old native of one of Russia's neighboring republics Elshan Gakhirmanov is suspected of the killing.
According to the CityTraffic website, the skirmish was associated with some controversial issues regarding a fair. The portal informs that about 30 representatives of one of the diasporas came to settle the issue. Kushnir arrived at the cafe to support his friend, who was hospitalized with stab and gunshot wounds as a result of the fight.
Law enforcement agencies believe that Kushnir and his friend, a 27-year-old citizen of one of the republics of Central Asia, supplied vegetables and fruits for sale, the website 63.ru reports. The merchants did not pay for one of the deliveries. The men went to the Levsha cafe to discuss the debt, and this led to a conflict.
A 47-year-old man that attended the meeting is suspected of attempting to kill the athlete’s friend. At this stage, he has been detained.
The Vice-President of the Judo Federation of the Samara region, Pavel Zavyalov, who was the coach of Yevgeny Kushnir, stated the athlete had never participated in skirmishes. “According to external signs, I can say the rumors that he had been shot dead at the during the skirmish are not true. Participating in some skirmishes is not about him. He was a very decent man,” said the coach.