French case of Chechen "fixers" will be heard without Validol
Hearings of the murder case of a Russian businessman Mikhail Lanin are beginning in Palais de Justice de Paris.
The French court is about to hear a high-profile criminal case against three Chechnya natives who used to be members of a "fixers" gang. The gang offered to Russian businessmen appointments to senior positions for high monetary rewards. According to Kommersant, Chechens Yazid Arsaliev, Ruslan Bersanov, and Batrutdin Kaimov are accomplices to the murder of Mikhail Lanin, co-owner of Saratovstroysteklo Limited Liability Company, who was shot dead near Paris in spring 2011.
According to the investigators, Yazid Arsaliev and Ruslan Bersanov committed the killing directly, while their accomplice Batrutdin Kaimov was selling belongings of the victims. The investigation believes that the Chechen ‘fixers’ always used the same scheme: received payments for their services from businessmen and then killed them. In the Lanin’s case, the amount was 200 million rubles; the businessman thought that for this reward the "fixers" would procure a senior position for him using their connections.
The Saratov businessman Mikhail Lanin was murdered on March 4, 2011. The co-owner and Principal General of Saratovstroysteklo arrived to the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport with a female acquaintance. On the same day, around 4 pm, his body was discovered by local residents on a dead-end street in the town of Villepinte. His companion Yelena Pravoslavnaya was wounded in head; she survived by a miracle. The investigation found that Lanin and Pravoslavnaya were robbed: their Louis Vuitton cases, credit cards, phones, and other valuables disappeared after the assault. Three suspects have been arrested soon; however, up until now they all deny their guilt. The investigation reconstructed the events: the "fixers" lured Laning to Paris allegedly for business negotiations. The Chechens have met the businessman and his companion in the airport and sat with them into a comfortable BMW car driven by Arsaliev. When they reached Villepinte, the car turned to a dead-end street where, investigation believes, Bersanov shoot both passengers. Batrutdin Kaimov, an accomplice to the killers, was later selling stolen personal belongings of the victims.
Yazid Arsaliev, Ruslan Bersanov, and Batrutdin Kaimov are only the tip of the criminal iceberg. The investigation believes that bosses of the "fixers" gang are well-known in criminal society Chechen native Valid "Validol" Lurakhmaev and an "authoritative" businessman Akhmad Khamidov.
It’s notable that Parisian investigators sought assistance from their Russian colleagues and even visited Moscow. The criminal case file notes that information obtained from Russia was very useful to identify the motive.
We would like to note that Yazid Arsaliev, Ruslan Bersanov, and Batrutdin Kaimov are only the tip of the criminal iceberg. The investigation believes that bosses of the "fixers" gang are well-known in criminal society Chechen native Valid "Validol" Lurakhmaev and an "authoritative" businessman Akhmad Khamidov. Both suspects are currently on the Interpol wanted list. CrimeRussia had earlier reported that "Validol" was arrested in Turkey this April. He had an ID in the name of Alexander Smirnov. Turkish authorities later declined to co-operate with Russia and refused to extradite him.
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