Moscow City Court hears case of crime lord Karen Lipetsky’s murder at thieves meeting
During a meeting at a Moscow gas station in July 2016, entrepreneur and boxer Ayk Papoyan shot Lipetsk crime boss Karen Petrosyan over $1.7 million stolen by cashiers, which Petrosyan demanded back.
The Moscow City Court is giving a hearing of the parties in the case of crime lord Karen Petrosyan’s (Karen Lipetsky) murder by former professional boxer Ayk Papoyan, Rosbalt reports. Some of the victims and witnesses have already testified at the trial.
The investigation accuses the boxer of participating in the bloody ‘showdown’, which took place two years ago, during which Papoyan shot Karen Lipetsky, and his guard Evgeny Mukhamechin wounded two bodyguards of the crime lord.
According to Rosbalt’s source in the law enforcement bodies, in the final version of the indictment, Ayk Papoyan is charged with Art. 105 (Murder), Art. 222 (Illegal Bearing of Firearms), Art. 159 (Swindling), and Art. 30 and 105 (Attempted Murder) of the Russian Criminal Code. Papoyan does not consider himself guilty of swindling, and explains the murder of Karen Lipetsky by self-defense in the heat of passion, because his opponent was armed and was the first to pull out a gun.
It was previously reported that the mob with the participation of crime lord Karen Petrosyan, who used to head an OCG in the Lipetsk region, and Papoyan, the prize-winner of Russian boxing championships, took place at a BP gas station on the Moscow Ring Road on July 1, 2016.
The parties were solving the issue of the crime lord’s $1.7 million, which had stuck at a ‘cashier platform’, one of the shadow owners of which was the previously convicted Ayk Papoyan, who also had his own restaurant in Moscow.
The crime lord had transferred a large sum in rubles to the accounts specified by cashiers on fictional contracts, expecting to receive $1.7 million in cash in return from Papoyan. However, the shadow bankers detected a 50-million-ruble ($867.000) financial gap during this transaction. Papoyan told the investigators that he was not guilty of this. As a result, the conflict between the co-owners eventually took on a legal nature — the parties filed complaints against each other, under which cases were initiated.
However, the Lipetsk thieves got worried about the money’s fate and scheduled a meeting with Papoyan, at which he came with armed guard Evgeny Mukhamechin. Crime lord Karen Lipetsky showed up for the meeting at the gas station accompanied by five armed gangsters.
The men had a heated discussion; Lipetsky insisted on the immediate repayment of the amount by Papoyan and did not mince words. Then he grabbed the gun (according to him, Papoyan laid his weapon in the car, in which Mukhamechin was sitting).
Professional boxing training helped Papoyan take the weapon out of the hands of his opponent. Then he shot him in the chest in the heat of passion, of which he reaffirms the court. The wounded Lipetsky tried to pull a second pistol from behind his belt, after which Papoyan shot him in the head. At this time, Evgeny Mukhamechin was covering his boss, opening fire on Lipetsky’s men who jumped out of the car, wounding two of them. Papoyan and Mukhamechin managed to flee the scene, but were later detained.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.