May, 16: The trial of the second criminal case of Aleksey Pichugin in the
After the Prosecutor General’s Office announced the letter of accusation, one of accused, Vladimir Shapiro, has requested a review of a case in camera. For this demand he gave the reason that there is a real threat to his personal safety and to the lives of those close to him. Here, Aleksey Pichugin, his defense and some other accused have objected to the demand of Shapiro. Such measure, in their opinion, would break the rights of defendants. Attorneys of Pichugin Kseniya Kostromina and Georgy Kaganer supported them and have called, in these circumstances, upon closing of only those hearings where Shapiro testifies. Vladimir Usov, presiding, has recognized their arguments and agreed to allow Shapiro to give evidence without the presence of non-participants, thus having satisfied Shapiro’s petition only partially.
Then the word has been given to complainants.
Dmitry Korneyev, husband of Valentina Korneeva, former director of „
Vladimir Shapiro, whose testimony is heard later on, doesn’t deny the fact of this murder.
It should be noted, that the data presented in the letter of accusation of the Prosecutor of General’s Office contradicts the Korneyev’s description of the tragic incident. The Public Prosecutor has read the statement as if Shapiro has shot at Korneev also, attempting to get rid of unnecessary witness, but there was a misfire.
It ought to be remarked, that if to compare the assumptions of Dmitry Korneev that he made at various times of possible causes of murder, there are evident differences.
Earlier the complainant (he worked in the company of his wife as a driver) put forward the version that there was a connection between a committed crime and lawsuit among co-founders of „
Meanwhile the state accuser introduced another version: Korneeva has refused to transfer or to sale to bank „MENATEP“ a premise belonging to her in the center of
The next complainant, who testified, was the former business manager of „Rosprom“. Victor Kolesov recalled that on the 5 of October, 1988, near his house he stood an assault from two unknown men. The attackers grabbed Kolesov’s briefcase, containing the gas pistol and $2.0 thousand, then they beat him up, after this Kolesnikov lost consciousness. Having regained consciousness, he was roused by passer by, but the criminals disappeared.
On what basis the state accuser has drawn a conclusion on the necessity to include abovementioned incident in Aleksey Pichugins case, is not clear. According to advocate Ksenia Kostromina, the
The last episodes examined in the court were two attempts upon of the life of Evgeny Ribin.
The businessman and his security guard Aleksey Ivanov, employed under recommendation of the Solicitor-General Kolesnikov, gave the evidence.
The first attack occurred in autumn of
All these incidents both Ribin and Ivanov parallel with court actions on covering the damage, as though caused by the activity of UKOS company, which were issued by the businessman to oil company. Ribin names Aleksey Pichugin the head for the crime, although the reasons for this that he states have little force and sound unconvincing. Ribin saw Pichugin himself only one time in his office during business negotiations with UKOS. Moreover, the fact that the person described by Ribin is just Pitchugin, raises doubts, as the appearance of described person has nothing in common with appearance of Pichugin.
The reports of Ribin’s interrogation, presented at hearing, describe Pichugin as a man of a low stature, thin, with dark hair. This doesn’t represent the facts completely. Aleksey Pichugin height is
The Prosecutor of General’s Office of the
It ought to be said, that such word-combinations as "unidentified persons“, „in undetermined places“, „in undetermined time“ were the most frequently appearing word-combination in letter of accusation.