MOSCOW, July 14 (RAPSI) — A court in the city of Krasnoyarsk approved a request to seize assets of businessman Anatoly Bykov worth over 50 million rubles ($670,000) as part of an investigation into a case of incitement to murder for hire, according to the press service of the Investigative Committee.  

Among the assets seized there are two land plots, a residential building and several other structures, the statement reads.

Bykov stands charged with incitement to the murder for hire of Krasnoyarsk businessman Andrey Nekolov, which took place in January 2005. Investigators allege that in the summer of 2004, Bykov ordered his acquaintance to kill Nekolov, the founder of an industrial waste utilization firm, for an award of $50,000. On January 18, 2005, the killer shot the victim dead.

By now, the Sverdlovsky District Court in Krasnoyarsk has drawn a jury panel in yet another case against Bykov, who is charged with masterminding double homicide in 1994, and is in detention.

According to the Russian Investigative Committee, in the first half of 1994, Alexander Naumov, a 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.