Collector-arsonist denies his guilt

Collector-arsonist denies his guilt
Dmitry Ermilov

The court of Ulyanovsk began to consider the resonant criminal case against the previously convicted collector, Dmitry Ermilov, who is being accused of the arson of the debtor's house, which entailed severe burns of a 56-year-old man and a 2-year-old child.

At the first hearing the defendant had only read out the text of the verdict.

The crime, which led to hospitalization of two people with burns, took place in late January.

The collector was charged with Extortion with violence, attempted murder of two or more people and intentional damage of property. Let’s remind that he threw a bottle of flammable liquid (Molotov cocktail) to the window of a debtor’s house. As for Ermilov, he still insists on his innocence, claiming that he is not related to the arson.

The next hearing will be held in the presence of the witnesses and victims on Monday, July 11th.  

It is worth noting that despite the massive use of illegal methods of obtaining funds by the collectors, for some reason this case pulled public attention to the subject of illegal activities of collectors agencies and was the discrete for the legislative initiatives.

A week ago, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed the law on prohibition of the usage of physical force and threats against debtors.

The document clearly defines the legal regulations regarding returns of past due loan by citizens and communication between creditors and their clients.

It seems like the law that is not yet entered its force, does not scare radical debt collectors. As we reported earlier, similar crime ocurred in Saratov last night. Representatives of the microfinance company Domashnie Dengi shot up the debtor’s windows with a traumatic weapon and set the gates on fire.

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