Yelets ex-Mayor attacks journalists with axe when asked of family drug business  

Yelets ex-Mayor attacks journalists with axe when asked of family drug business
Viktor Sokovykh chasing journalists with an axe

Earlier, there had been a search in the house of former Mayor Viktor Sokovykh in a drug trafficking case, when the police found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two grenades and cartridges for combat weapons in his place.

Former Mayor Viktor Sokovykh attacked Rossiya 24 TV crew in the town of Yelets of Lipetsk Region. The former official overreacted to provocative questions about his family's involvement in drug trade.

The incident occurred on March 16, yet becoming high-profile only after the Investigative Committee made a report. The TV journalists came to Yelets for an interview with Viktor Sokovykh, whose relative is involved in the drug trafficking case. However, the former official, who had been the city head for 17 years, said he would not give any interviews and further got his message across by threatening the press. Sokovykh broke a reporter’s microphone, and then started chasing the journalists with a chopper.

A criminal case was initiated on Obstruction of the Lawful Professional Activity of Journalists (part 3 of Art.144 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

This January law enforcers searched Viktor Sokovykh’s house suspecting one of his family members of drug dealing. The police found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two grenades and cartridges for combat weapons. All the places that could have contained evidence against the former official’s family member were carefully examined.

According to preliminary information, the relative would receive drugs from abroad, then packaged them before distributing around Moscow masked as weight-loss dietary supplements.

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Victor Sokovykh served as Mayor of Yelets for 17 years. He resigned after a corruption-related scandal that started in the spring of 2010: a land plot where the mayor's house was, had been obtained by him unlawfully and with violation of its designated purpose. Later the criminal case against the administration officials was terminated, since the investigators studied the case file and found that no crime had been committed.

Video: Yelets ex-Mayor Viktor Sokovykh chasing journalists with an axe

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