Nevzorovskie gang case practically collapses in final stage of trial

Nevzorovskie gang case practically collapses in final stage of trial
Weapons seized from Nevzorovskie gang members Photo: MIA in the Republic of Tatarstan

The Supreme Court of Tatarstan found a number of contradictions in the case of Andrey Nevzorov’s gang and instructed the Prosecutor's Office to handle them. Lawyers believe that the return of the case to the prosecution means the case could be fabricated.

The Supreme Court of Tatarstan held a regular meeting on the criminal case against 47-year-old businessman Andrey Nevzorov, the alleged organizer of a large gang named after him, and his two alleged accomplices. The trial has been ongoing since May 2016 and was close to completion. However, at the hearing the case took an unexpected turn, when the court decided to return it to the republican prosecutor's office. This was reported to Kommersant by Nevzorov’s lawyer Airat Khikmatullin. The reason for that was the violations of the Code of Criminal Procedure identified during the process demands and the contradictions, which "cannot be eliminated at the hearing."

In particular, discrepancies have been found in the episode of the murder of two businessmen in September 2000. According to investigators, the traders were unable to compensate Nevzorov for an unsuccessful sale of his petroleum products. Both were shot, when leaving the yard of a house in a Niva car early in the morning. The investigation alleges that the killer approached the car and shot the men in the head — one at point-blank range, the other at close range. However, the expert questioned in court described another course of events. In his version, the killer was in the backseat of the car, which is evidenced by the direction of the wound channels, as well as shells found on the mat under the backseat. This data is confirmed by the position of the bodies when they were found — one was inside the car, and the other on the street near the driver's door. The Niva was a three-door automobile, and the killer, who was sitting in the back, had to push one of the victims out of the car to escape. In addition, the forensic medical examination carried out in the course of investigation showed no signs of shot at point-blank range, as had been stated in the indictment.

The court questioned another episode — an alleged murder of a Chelny GES gang member committed on the orders of Nevzorov in April 2000. According to investigators, the GES gang member was repeatedly struck on the head with pieces of pipes and metal tubes. However, the experts questioned at the hearing denied the information regarding the blows inflicted with metallic objects. Nevzorov’s lawyers believe that there are no signs of murder here, only the signs of a crime under Art. 111 of the Criminal Code (intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm), and the limitation for it has expired long ago.

Ultimately, the judge ruled to return the whole case to the prosecutor’s office and "remove the obstacles for its consideration in the court."

"Today's court decision once again proves Nevzorov’s statement that the case is completely fabricated. He claimed that he was put under pressure, that he was demanded to confess certain episodes, and that the witnesses (including the 29 complex gang members) are defaming him," Khikmatullin said. The lawyer claims that the criminal case "practically collapses."

In April 2016, the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Tatarstan approved the indictment in a criminal case against the leader and the members of the Nevzorovskie criminal organization — 47-year-old Andrey Nevzorov, 39-year-old Vladislav Sviridenko, and 47-year-old Igor Bespalov. Depending on the role and degree of participation, they are charged with banditism, Illegal Arms Trafficking, as well as Attempted Murder and Murder (parts 1, 2 of art. 209 of the Criminal Code, items (a), (g), (h) of part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code, part 3 of Art. 222 of the Criminal Code, and part 3 of Art. 30, items (a), (g), (h) of part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code).

According to investigators, Andrey Nevzorov, being a native of the 29 complex gang, gathered the Nevzorovskie gang in Naberezhnye Chelny at the end of the 1990s. In addition to the killing of two businessmen and the GES gang member, the investigation accuses Nevzorov and his accomplices of attempted murder of two members of the opposing 30 complex gang. It should be noted that one of the principal offenders has been convicted, the second has been put on the wanted list, while others had died before their involvement in the crimes was established.

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