The Investigative Department for the Eastern Administrative District of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the city of Moscow has completed an investigation into the criminal case against criminal mastermind Rashid Ismailov. He is accused of committing crimes under Article. 210.1 of the Criminal Code (occupation of a higher position in the criminal hierarchy), Paragraphs A, F, G of Part 2 of Article 105 of the Criminal Code (murder of two or more persons committed by a group of persons in a generally dangerous way) and Paragraph 2 of Article 222 of the Criminal Code (illegal trafficking of weapons).
According to investigation, during 7 years since 2013 the accused was recognized as the highest position in the criminal hierarchy - “thief in law”, with the criminal nickname “Rashad Ganjinsky”. He was repeatedly tried for committing crimes. Occupying the highest position in the criminal world and having the corresponding criminal status, Ismailov carried out the propaganda of the criminal subculture, appointed other persons to lower levels of the criminal hierarchy, ensured the filling of the general material base (the so-called common fund), due to which he provided financial support to persons detained in pre-trial detention centers and places of deprivation of liberty, organized and conducted "thieves' gatherings". The investigation also established that in the evening of May 13, 2009, Ismailov, who at that time was striving to occupy a leading position in the criminal world and disdained society, the state and the law, acting together with an accomplice, drove up to one of the cafes located on Izmailovsky highway in the city of Moscow, where he shot a car having two men in the cabin. The victims died from the wounds at the scene.
Investigators of the Moscow Investigative Committee and officers of operative services carried out a big volume of investigative and procedural work, analysed the materials of the probe and carefully studies the evidence gathered in 2009. Over 20 witnesses were interrogated along with other investigative actions, including the necessary research, which made it possible to restore the events of that day and the involvement of the perpetrator.
The investigation believes that the motive for the crime was revenge on the basis of personal hostile relationships, since Ismailov believed that the victims were involved in the murder of his close friend.
The investigation gathered enough evidence; therefore, the criminal case was sent for approval of the indictment and submission to the court to be tried on the merits.
In addition, the criminal case into other persons involved in the commission of the offense is being processed separately; the investigative and search activities aimed at their identification and detention are continuing.