Ex-head of ICR in Volgograd region Muzraev faces new charge
Mikhail Muzraev does not admit his guilt.
Ex-Head of the ICR Investigations Directorate in the Volgograd region, Mikhail Muzraev, who is charged under Art. 205 of the Russian Criminal Code (Terrorist Act) in the case of arson of Governor Andrey Bocharov’s house, has been also accused of Illegal Storage of Ammunition (Art. 222). This is reported by TASS referring to the general’s lawyer, Vladimir Sementsov.
According to the lawyer, Muzraev categorically denies his guilt. Sementsov noted that there is no objective evidence of his client’s guilt.
“If we are to qualify his actions, it is but usual disorderly conduct,” the lawyer said, refusing to provide any further comment in connection with a nondisclosure subscription.
According to TASS’s sources in security agencies, operatives found three packs of Mauser rifle cartridges during a search in Muzraev’s office. Examination showed that the cartridges are suitable for shooting.
The house of Governor Andrey Bocharov was set on fire during the night of November 16, 2016. A Molotov cocktail was thrown into the building. The governor regarded the incident as the realization of anonymous threats, which he had received earlier. Back then, the FSB initiated a criminal case.
The investigators believe an attempt to influence Bocharov’s actions in the governor’s chair was the purpose of the arson. During the interrogation, the governor said that he was going to hand over the leadership over Central Market, which had effectively been run by businessman Yevgeny Remezov, to local authorities. According to Bocharov, Central Market’s revenues went to the local crime lords. Threats have been coming since the handover trial started.
Remezov’s testimony after he was detained at the end of May became the evidence of Muzraev’s involvement in the burning of the governor’s house. The businessman said that the crime lords acted with the general’s assistance. Every month, they allegedly paid him between 500 thousand and 1 million rubles. According to Remezov, the crime lords suggested that he should scare the governor by setting a house of one of his friends on fire. The businessman agreed to the arson. Later it turned out that they actually set fire to Bocharov’s house. According to Remezov, it was Muzraev who benefited from the governor intimidation. The general then could allegedly investigate crimes and thereby gain power over Bocharov.