Case against Russian nationalist suspected in high-profile killings goes to court
MOSCOW, April 17 (RAPSI) – A criminal case against Ilya Goryachev, who stands charged with involvement in a notorious extremist movement BORN and complicity in a number of high-profile murders, has been sent to court, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced on Friday.
Members of BORN have been charged with racketeering, illegal weapons trafficking and several counts of homicide, including the deaths of federal judge Eduard Chuvashov, Markelov, and several leaders of Russian anti-Nazi movements.
Markelov was killed in Moscow in January 2009. According to the investigation, he was murdered for his active participation in an anti-Nazi movement.
Chuvashov was shot and killed in the stairwell of his Moscow apartment building in 2010. During his career with the Moscow City Court, he reviewed over 20 high-profile criminal cases, some of which involved murder on ethnic grounds.
Goryachev was placed on the international wanted list and in November 2013 extradited from Serbia. He was detained in Russia after the extradition.
Later, it became known that Goryachev's implication in Chuvashov's murder has not been confirmed. However, the investigators found that other BORN members were implicated in this crime, official spokesman for the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said.
Goryachev's case is being heard separately.
Nikita Tikhonov, who is deemed to be one of the group’s leaders, was convicted and sentenced in May 2011 to life in prison for the murder of Markelov and Novaya Gazeta journalist Anastasia Baburova.
Tikhonov got 18 extra years in prison last September for killing Chuvashov.
His accomplice Yevgenia Khasis was given 18 years behind bars.