Ex-Senator sentenced to lifetime imprisonment for organizing killings asks for pardon

Ex-Senator sentenced to lifetime imprisonment for organizing killings asks for pardon
Igor Izmestyev

Igor Izmestyev, among other things, is charged with ordering a murder attempt upon Ural Rakhimov.

Former Senator from Bashkiria Igor Izmestyev wrote a petition for pardon. This was told to journalists by head of the Moscow Helsinki Group Lyudmila Alekseeva.

According to the human rights activist, the ex-official has not yet submitted the document; he will do it after she familiarizes with its text.

Earlier, in July of this year, Alekseeva claimed that she asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon Izmestyev and the latter allegedly promised to fulfill this request. Press-attaché of the Head of state Dmitry Peskov then commented on this information, noting that Putin said that Izmestyev’s release is "possible", but it will take time.

It is to be recalled that since 2010 the former senator serves a life sentence for organizing a series of contract killings and the creation of a criminal group. Among other things, he is charged with a murder attempt upon Ural Rakhimov – the son of the former President of Bashkiria, as well as the attempt upon former chief accountant of Bashneftekhimtorg CJSC Valery Speransky and the murder of Moscow notary Galina Perepelkina. Note that Izmestyev was holding Senator’s position from 2001 to 2006.

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