A new mediator appeared in the Furgal case

The case file mentions Mikhail Timofeev, a former assistant to Furgal, an entrepreneur and organizer of a large criminal group. He was charged last year – in absentia, as he is hiding abroad jpg” alt=”A new intermediary has appeared in Furgal's case” />

Sergei Furgal

A new defendant has appeared in the criminal case against the ex-governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sergei Furgal; former local crime boss and businessman Mikhail Timofeev, alleged mediator between the customer and the perpetrators of the murders. This became known at a meeting of the Lyubertsy City Court, which on Wednesday began considering the case of the murders of businessmen Oleg Bulatov and Yevgeny Zori and the attempt on the life of businessman Alexander Smolsky, Kommersant reports.

He was charged in absentia back in May last year, and in December the Investigative Committee put him on the international wanted list. Timofeev is hiding abroad, the publication clarifies. According to the Khabarovsk “Komsomolskaya Pravda”, he was the organizer of a criminal group, consisting of about 300 people. In 2011, he was arrested and sentenced to eight years in prison. During the arrest, it turned out that Timofeev— assistant to Furgal, who at that time was a State Duma deputy.

At the same time, at the stage of the preliminary investigation and familiarization of the accused with the case materials, the name of the “intermediary” mentioned in them only in the descriptive part of the crimes, Timofeev was not listed among the accused or witnesses. Therefore, at the court session, all four defendants (Furgal, his former assistant and alleged intermediary Andrey Karepov, the alleged perpetrator of the murders Andrey Paley and Marat Kadyrov, who, according to the Investigative Committee, made an unsuccessful attempt on Smolsky) protested, indicating that after the appearance in the case file of a new defendant they should be charged again. Furgal asked not to start the meetings at all, because he did not have time to study the documents to the end. The petitions were rejected.

Furgal was arrested in July 2020. Shortly thereafter, President Vladimir Putin removed him from the post of governor due to a loss of confidence. In October 2021, the Prosecutor General's Office approved the charges against Furgalu and “three of his accomplices”.

According to the IC, Furgal organized a criminal group whose members killed Zorya and Bulatov in 2004-2005 and attempted to kill Smolsky. At a meeting on Wednesday, the prosecutor said that in 2004 the future governor was buying up scrap metal and created an organized group to kill competitors, Kommersant writes. At the origins of the group was Furgal's former partner Nikolai Mistryukov, who entered into a pre-trial cooperation agreement.

Furgal does not admit guilt and considers the criminal prosecution politically motivated.

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In November, the ex-governor was charged with new charges, including seven episodes of fraud on an especially large scale and abuse of authority.

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