Ex-policeman and MMA fighter accused of murder detained when trying to escape to Ukraine

Ex-policeman and MMA fighter accused of murder detained when trying to escape to Ukraine
Nikita Fedonenko and Vaga Zalibekyan

Nikita Fedonenko had been held under house arrest.

In the Rostov region, ex-police office and MMA fighter from Omsk Nikita Fedonenko was detained when trying to cross the state border with Ukraine. He is a defendant in the case of murder on ethnic grounds, Gorod55 reports. 

Now Fedonenko will be transferred to Siberia, where he had been held under house arrest. However, his preventive measure will be tightened, the news portal notes; the investigation will seek Fedonenko’s placement in a pre-trial detention center. 

According to the case file, January 2, he violated the conditions of house arrest; a week later, he was put on the wanted list. 

The former MIA officer is accused of organizing a series of attacks on foreigners, as a result of which one of them – Vaga Zalibekyan – died. 

Apart from the former police officer, the defendants in the case include Aleksandr Bezborodov, Aleksandr Lanbin, and Regina Mikulicheva, who was 17 at the time of the attacks. All of them, excluding Fedonenko himself, previously reported cases of torture on the part of security officials. 

As part of the case, all four of them have been charged with Organising an Extremist Community (Art. 282.1), Murder on Ethnic Grounds (item ‘l’ part 2 of Art. 105 of the Russian Criminal Code), Intentional Infliction of Injury of Average Gravity on Ethnic Grounds (item ‘b’ part 2 of Art. 115), Incitement of Hatred with the Use of Violence (Art. 282), Public Appeals for the Performance of Extremist Activity (Art. 280), and Battery (Art. 162).

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