St. Petersburg: two brothers who beat FPS colonel with fitting released from jail
Initially investigated as an attempt to assassinate the chief physician of the Federal Penitentiary Service in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, the case went to court in a completely different form. The investigative committee retrained the charge of attempted murder on hire to harm to the health of moderate severity.
The criminal case of an attack on Head of the FKUZ MSCh-78 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia Badrudin Damadanov was transferred to the Nevsky District Court of St. Petersburg, Fontanka reports.
At the same time, from the very beginning of the investigation of the attempted murder on hire, the Investigative Committee, following the results of the investigation, re-qualified the charge for intentional infliction of moderate health and aiding (Article 112 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The prosecutor's office of St. Petersburg agreed with it in connection with which the persons involved in the case – 30-year-old Albert Bakhlin, his 34-year-old second cousin Vladimir Bakhlin and their acquaintance 35-year-old Andrey Belov, who served as the driver, were released from the jail.
An attempt on Colonel Damadanov happened in November 2017 near his house on Dybenko Street. The head of the medical department was returning home from work, when two unknown men attacked him from behind and began to beat him severely with steel rods, causing at least 13 blows, trying to hit his head. However, the officer resisted, fought back and covered his head with his hands. And in the end, the attackers fled, leaving the victim to bleed. Damadanov was rescued - the witnesses of the attack called an ambulance in time. He was diagnosed with brain contusion, fracture and other injuries.
During the investigations, the installed GPS tracker was detected on the victim's car, with which the attackers followed his movements, so the investigators immediately qualified the attack as an attempt to kill on hire.
The investigation had several versions on who could be interested in the murder of Damadanov. In particular, the investigators believed that he was attacked in connection with his official activities – the victim, by virtue of his authority, could influence the fate of convicts, for example, recognize them as seriously ill, to be released from prison or transferred to a prison hospital. The most famous case is an attempt to bribe Damadanov by a member of the Public Monitoring Commission, Vladimir Matus, for transferring from prison to a hospital named after Gaaza of Novgorod criminal authority of Telman Mkhitaryan, when Damadanov refused 300,000 rubles ($4,500). However, the investigation did not find the connection between this case and the attack.
The brothers did not confess to the crime on hiring. Therefore, the investigators changed the article from an attempted murder to an injury of moderate severity, noting that they beat Damadanov in the head carefully, so as not to kill him, and brought it to court. At the same time, the motive in the case has not been established, according to the wording of the investigation “in the fall of 2017, Albert Bakhlin had personal dislike for unidentified circumstances” to the FPS officer.
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