Regional court to hear appeal against detention of businessman in 1994 murder case
MOSCOW, May 19 (RAPSI) – The Krasnoyarsk Regional Court will consider an appeal against detention of businessman Anatoly Bykov, who stands charged with organizing double homicide in 1994, on May 22, the court’s press service reports Tuesday.
The hearing will be held behind closed doors. Bykov will take part in it through videolink.
Earlier, upon a court order, the businessman was put in detention until July 4.
According to the Russian Investigative Committee, in the first half of 1994, Alexander Naumov, the 23-year old member of a criminal group headed by Bykov, had a conflict with the gang leader because of unjust, according to him, dividing of the joint criminal income. Later, Bykov’s car was exploded. The businessman suspected Naumov and his friend Kirill Voytenko of the blast organization and decided to kill them. He ordered his acquaintance Vladimir Tatarenkov to organize the murder; the latter in turn involved his gang members in the crime. On July 24, 1994, Naumov and Voytenko were shot dead, investigators claimed.
One of the killers Sergey Bakurov was sentenced to life. Another one is on a wanted list. Tatarenkov was sentenced to 13 years in prison, the Investigative Committee’s statement read.
Investigators claim that many witnesses confirmed that Bykov had business relations with Naumov and a conflict after which the latter was afraid of his life and began wearing body armour.
Three witnesses said that Bykov was a mastermind of the murder. They added that failed to give testimony 26 years ago as they hoped that Bykov would provide assistance to them, according to the Investigative Committee.