Chechen security forces collectors avoided punishment
The higher authority agreed with the previously delivered acquittal sentence.
The Moscow City Court upheld the conviction, having considered the appeal against the earlier sentence of the Chechen security officials-collectors, who allegedly provided legal services and extorted hundreds of millions of rubles from businessmen; the Zamoskvoretsky court completely mitigated the charge of extortion as part of an organized criminal groups, Novaya Gazeta writes.
Initially, the former guards of State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov and their accomplices were accused of extorting 45 million rubles from businessman Konstantin Zhukov (part 3 of Article 163 of the Criminal Code). Colonel of the Chechen Interior Ministry Said Akhmaev and senior lieutenant of the republican administration of Rosgvardiya Lechi Bolatbaev, as well as representatives of the Ingush diaspora Movladi brothers and Ahmed Bulguchev and co-owner of STDzhi Media LLC Evgeny Katkov got from 7 to 15 years in prison.
They were detained after Zhukov turned to law enforcement agencies when Akhmaev and Bolatbaev demanded a receipt for 100 million rubles in the Voronezh cafe in Moscow, and later in the President Hotel. They were hired by former business partner Evgeny Katkov when he was unable to agree with Zhukov on the separation of the assets of companies. “If you don’t give money, Iwill screw nails in your head and heads of your children,” Said Akhmaev told Zhukov. When the businessman tried to argue against the inflated amount of money required, Bolatbaev kicked Zhukov, and Ahmed Bulguchev promised to "tear down his head."
Although the state prosecution asked to sentence them to 7 years of imprisonment, judge Natalya Cheprasova re-qualified the sentence to a softer article Arbitrariness (part 1 of Article 330 of the Criminal Code) and appointed a fine of 50 thousand rubles for all the accused. But the former guards of Delimkhanov and their friend were also exempt from being prosecuted from paying the fine “due to the expiration of the statute of limitation”.
Chechen police officers were previously officers of the North battalion. According to the CrimeRussia, they are members of the closest circle of the Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov. Moreover, Kadyrov and State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov personally asked the investigation to change the measure of restraint, and several months before the completion of the process, they were released from the SIZO and enjoyed the obvious disposition of the judge.