Ex-Senator associated with Kingisepp gang to be granted pardon

Ex-Senator associated with Kingisepp gang to be granted pardon
Igor Izmestyev

The former Senator of Bashkortostan was sentenced in 2010 to a life sentence for a series of murders and terrorist attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin promised head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alekseeva to pardon Igor Izmestyev. About this, with reference to her words, reports Rosbalt.

The human rights activist was able to voice her request to the President during his visit to her home. The President came personally to congratulate Alekseeva on her 90th birthday.

"I said it's not a gift, it's a request, do a good deed: pardon Igor Izmestyev," Alekseeva said. In response, she said, the President promised to do so.

Later this information was confirmed by Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

It is to be recalled that Igor Izmestyev was arrested in early 2007. In late 2010, the Moscow City Court sentenced him to life imprisonment. He was found guilty of creating and managing an armed gang, organizing the assassinations of two or more people, organizing a terrorist attack and committing other crimes. In addition, Izmestyev was supposed to pay the victims almost 8 million rubles. Payments were made from the ex-Senator’s accounts in Switzerland. In 2011-2012, they were arrested during the investigation by the local prosecutor's office on the suspicion of money laundering.

According to investigators, at the end of the 1990s, the defendant was one of the organizers and head of the so-called Kingisepp OCG. In total, the gang members committed more than 20 serious and particularly serious crimes, including 12 murders. Among them, there was the assassination of the director for the production of the Novoufimsk Oil Refinery, Salavat Gainanov, the chief accountant of Bashneftekhimtorg, Valery Speransky, notary Galina Perepelkina, the murder in Ufa of Valery Speransky, who was part of the heads of Bashneftekhim JSC, the representative of the German firm RONEKS, Bulatov, the Avalon-Trade CEO, Akhmedov, and many others.

In addition, the ex-Senator was suspected of organizing a terrorist attack in Ufa in November 2003, when two employees of the security company were killed in the explosion of the car belonging to Ural Rakhimov, the CEO of ANK Bashneft; three others were wounded. The gang was also charged with organizing an explosion in the Prosecutor's Office of the Leningrad Region in August 2002 and exploding the car in which the former member of the same group Abramov was in December 2003 in St. Petersburg.

While in detention, Izmestyev began to actively cooperate with the investigation, giving testimony against people with whom he had previously had business contacts. In the summer of 2014, based on his testimonies a criminal case on embezzlement of state funds and laundering of criminal proceeds during the privatization and sale of Bashneft and other enterprises of the fuel and energy complex of Bashkortostan was initiated. The persons of interest in the case were businessman Levon Ayrapetyan, the ex-head of Bashneft Ural Rakhimov, and chairman of the Board of Directors of AFK Sistema Vladimir Evtushenkov. As a result, Ayrapetyan received 4 years in the colony in 2016 for stealing 700 thousand USD from the ex-Senator’s mother, Rakhimov is on the international wanted list, and against Evtushenkov the criminal prosecution was terminated after he agreed to transfer the shares of Bashneft belonging to AFK Sistema to the state.

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