To by life. The most high-profile, unsolved contract killings in Russia

© Gaumont (1994)scene from the movie LeonTo by life. The most high-profile, unsolved contract killings in Russia© Gaumont (1994)

Exactly 20 years ago, August 19, 1998, in Yekaterinburg, the killer shot the Chairman of the regional branch of the Union of veterans of Afghanistan Vladimir Lebedev. The massacre of combatants, the informal leader of the so-called Afghan movement, angered the society. People demanded to find and punish the criminals, but it failed even after two decades. RIA Novosti says about the high-profile contract killings which have remained unsolved.

Murder Timofeeva

The leader of the Orekhovskaya criminal group Sergey Timofeev named Sylvester killed on 13 September 1994 in the center of Moscow. The killer was attached to his car an explosive device triggered at the moment when the crime boss sat in the cabin. The chances to survive of Sylvester was not.

Sergey Timofeev, the founder of the Orekhovskaya OPGTo by life. The most high-profile, unsolved contract killings in RussiaSergey Timofeev, the founder of the Orekhovskaya OPG

Operatives soon became clear that the murder was committed by members of rival gang. However, the investigation quickly stalled — too many enemies had Timofeeva. His death was greatly undermined the positions of the «Orekhovo». The customer and the perpetrator is still not installed.

Murder Russia

Togliatti crime boss Dmitry Ruzlyaev named Dima Big died 24 April 1998. The car in which, besides him, there were a driver and two guards, hit men riddled with Kalashnikov assault rifles near the Management building on fight against organized crime. One of the attackers caught the staff of a private security company «centurion», who happened to be nearby.

CC BY-SA 3.0 / ShinePhantom / Tomb of Dmitry Ruzlyaev, one of the criminal authorities of Tolyatti, who was killed in 1998 godology Dmitry Ruzlyaev on Bankivska cemetery TogliattiTo by life. The most high-profile, unsolved contract killings in RussiaCC BY-SA 3.0 / ShinePhantom / Tomb of Dmitry Ruzlyaev, one of the criminal authorities of Tolyatti, who was killed in 1998 godology Dmitry Ruzlyaev on Bankivska cemetery Togliatti

The detainee was taken to the nearest police Department, but the killer is «not split». He told the detectives that just walking on the street, heard the shooting, got scared so I ran. The customer of murder Russia remained unknown. According to one version, the reason of punishment was the struggle for shadow control of AVTOVAZ.

Killing Ivankov

The attempt on crime boss Vyacheslav Ivankov, nicknamed Yaponchik occurred on 28 July 2009. The killer opened fire when Ivankov came out of the restaurant. With multiple gunshot wounds, he was taken to the hospital and immediately operated. A few months later, he was in a coma and died in mid-September, and never regained consciousness.

© RIA Novosti / Kirill Klinikowski Ivankov, nicknamed YaponchikTo by life. The most high-profile, unsolved contract killings in Russia© RIA Novosti / Kirill Klinikowski Ivankov, nicknamed Yaponchik

In the criminal world jap was considered a landmark figure. His influence spread beyond the country’s borders. According to one version, Ivan became the victim of infighting associated with the redistribution of spheres of influence. After almost ten years, neither the customer, nor the executor of murder is not established.

Murder Vagina

The leader of the group of the so-called center Oleg Vagina shot 26 Oct 1992 in Yekaterinburg. When he, accompanied by several guards left the house, parked in the yard Muscovite popped a pair of armed gunmen and opened fire. Vaginas tried to run to next door, but there it was waiting for the third mercenary, who shot the crime boss in the face. Also killed all the bodyguards.

CC BY-SA 3.0 / Etram / Burial crime boss Oleg Vaginapagina criminal authority Oleg VaginTo by life. The most high-profile, unsolved contract killings in RussiaCC BY-SA 3.0 / Etram / Burial crime boss Oleg Vaginapagina criminal authority Oleg Vagina

Most likely, with vaginum killed members of rival groups. But who exactly is unknown. Interestingly, the murder occurred in the house where lived the Governor of the Sverdlovsk region, as well as high-ranking employees of the interior Ministry and Prosecutor’s office.

The Killing Of Usoyan

One of the most influential criminal authorities of the country of Aslan Usoyan, nicknamed Grandpa Hassan was killed on 16 January 2013 in Moscow. In the morning the thief arrived at the restaurant right at the entrance took a bullet from a sniper rifle. Guards criminal authority, without waiting for the ambulance, took him to a nearby hospital, where he died.

© AP Photo / Russian State TV Channel Rossiya, Opalan UsoyanTo by life. The most high-profile, unsolved contract killings in Russia© AP Photo / Russian State TV Channel Rossiya, Opalan Usoyan

The investigators found that the killer was hiding in front of the entrance to the school, however, to detain him in hot pursuit failed. A few years later, the investigation is suspended. The contractor and the customer of the crime are still not found. However, the case is not closed. One of the key versions, the murder of father Hassan is connected with the struggle for leadership in the criminal world.

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