Over the high-profile trial of the shootout in Moscow City, there is a real threat of termination of the case. Another juror on Monday, October 12, unexpectedly missed the hearing. Before that, we will remind, two civil judges were expelled for truancy.
Meanwhile, strangeness does not pass by the main person involved in the case, Magomed Ismailov. At the last meeting, the two-time world kickboxing champion was actually not allowed to go to court – right before leaving for the trial, the man was told that he had a fever. Ismailov could not prove the opposite.
Even before the meeting in the Presnensky court, the atmosphere of an impending scandal hovered – the wife of the accused, Ekaterina, was extremely outraged by the latest events. It turned out that her husband did not come to the meeting last week, not because he was ill, as stated in the telephone message from the isolation ward. And the process seems to have been postponed in vain.
The woman told her lawyer that after the alarming news of her husband’s discomfort, she rushed to buy medicine. At the same time, they added fuel to the fire in the pre-trial detention center and reported that Ismailov allegedly refuses to submit the text on COVID.
In fact, it turned out that Ismailov was simply not released from the cell, saying that he had a temperature. The defendant tried to explain that he was feeling as usual and that he had no fever. But all is in vain.
It is noteworthy that the story “about the temperature at Ismailov’s” can really turn out to be someone’s wild fantasy. So, on Monday the court received a certificate on the state of health of the defendant. It said that he was healthy as a bull and could be in court.
– I wasn’t sick at all. I consider the testimony to be falsified. I did not have any illness, – said the defendant himself.
When the judge answered that she was not a doctor and could not make diagnoses, the defendant only threw up his hands.
In the meantime, strange things happen among the jury. One more assessor was missing on Monday. This time the juror summed up at # 3. He sent a telephone message to the court, in which he said that he could not be present due to some “business necessity”.
The lawyers of the defendants asked for a second chance for a truant most of all, they say, if the jury is scattered about, the collegium will be dissolved.
– I can’t help but recall the previous cases, when in similar situations we could “postpone”, but two jurors, excuse me for the rude word, were thrown out. And I think in vain, – said one of the lawyers.
As a result, the civil judge number 3 was not removed from the collegium. The presiding judge decided to wait for Friday, then to make a decision on which, we recall, the fate of the process may depend.
Recall that the outflow of the jury began immediately after the defense began to provide its evidence. Two jurors were removed from the trial, one of whom was in a routine consultation with an ophthalmologist. Now there is only one person left on the bench. If he is also involved in the case, then in the event of another emergency, there will be no one to change the assessors.
The main person involved in the shooting in the Moscow City complex – two-time world kickboxing champion Magomed Ismailov (aka Cobra) – testified in the Presnensky court on Wednesday, September 23. The defendant, answering the questions of his lawyers, told in detail what preceded the brutal fight between the guard of businessman Gabriel Yushvaev and the employees of the Russian Guard at the anniversary of another businessman, Dmitry Pavlov. At the same time, he flatly refused to answer the questions of the prosecutor Maria Semenenko, known for her harsh tactics of work in the processes. At some point, when the prosecutor insisted, the defendant, smiling, asked the blonde in high heels “not to pester”.
The entire meeting was devoted to the interrogation of the main person involved in the case, the owner of the sports club “Scorpio” Magomed Ismailov. The defendant began with the main thing:
-I don’t admit myself guilty. I did not do anything that I am accused of: I had no weapons, I did not insult, I did not hooligan. I myself miraculously survived. Khamidov saved me (Eduard Khamidov was Ismailov’s bodyguard and now he is also involved in the criminal case – approx. ed.). Commands “Shoot!” did not give, the weapon from Yakobson (Arthur Yakobson is an employee of Rosgvardia, who guarded the hero of the day Dmitry Pavlov and was originally considered the instigator of the fight – approx. ed.) did not kidnap and did not transfer to anyone.
Then Ismailov said that on November 17, 2017, he came to the anniversary of Dmitry Pavlov together with his close friend Yushvaev. He, by the way, previously participated in the opening of the sports club “Scorpio” and generally “helped in every possible way” when Ismailov was professionally involved in sports. Yushvaev’s car parked in its place at the Oko tower, standing firmly at the curb. Ismailov stressed that Yushvaev, as the owner of the building, was assigned his personal place on the parking lot. The men were met by one of the hero’s guards. It is noteworthy that at that moment there were no questions about parking the car. On the 4th floor, where the banquet was going on, the guests sat down at their table. Ismailov did not drink alcohol. An hour later, at about 21.00, he went out into the street to “talk to a friend”, to call his wife Ekaterina. After that, he saw how one of the guards, who was distinguished by his bald head, approached Yushvaev’s car and began talking in raised tones with the driver. Ismailov decided to intervene:
-I spoke without aggression. Why be aggressive? I didn’t want to show aggression. I just came to find out what’s going on. But the guard was already “charged” – he was talking without following his speech, – said the defendant, noting that the interlocutor did not seem sober to him. -I began to explain to him that I had arrived with my friend, he is the owner of the Oko tower. His car does not bother anyone, this is her place.
According to Ismailov, at some point unknown people in camouflage uniforms entered the conversation “off topic” and in the conflict “began to live their own separate life”.
-We talked. Two wedged in. They had nothing to do with us anymore. Then I said that there was no need to gather here – and everyone dispersed.
Then, realizing that the “bald one” was in charge, Ismailov put his arm around his shoulders and led him into the hall to “amicably resolve the situation.”
-I came for my birthday. This whole situation – security guards, parking, a car – I didn’t need. I wanted to remove the “crowd factor,” Ismailov said, adding that after two minutes of conversation, it seemed to him that the conflict was resolved. – When we approached the elevator, it seemed that the conflict was over. And suddenly the door opens, and two or three people of Slavic appearance come out, already “charged”. One gets out and immediately reloads the pistol. It was Titarenko, as is already known (Kirill Titarenko – the hero of the hero of the day, participated in a shootout and was wounded in the head – approx. ed.) … Then the conversation started with the collision. I saw a weapon, and it greatly angered me. I then said to him “What are you, machine gunner? Why are you getting your weapon? ” To which he pointed the gun straight at me.
The defendant noted that he did not give anyone the command to “get our weapons”, as some witnesses heard.
-After the shot, I instinctively jumped back and, bouncing, fell. Shooting began. I felt that someone was leaning on me, it was Khamidov. And his wounds from the back – these bullets were intended for me, – explained the defendant.
Recovering himself, Ismailov ran out of the building and walked down the street to another entrance. From there I went up to the floor where Valdis Pelsh and the artists of the circus “Du Soleil” used to cheer the guests. Now chaos reigned there – shots were heard, the guests panicked, ran to the exit, someone shouted “killed the riot policeman.” On the 4th floor, Ismailov sat out the shooting behind the curtain, and then came out of hiding and left. And the next day, having learned from the media that the case had a resonance, he himself appeared at 38 Petrovka.
– Nobody put me on the wanted list. I thought that I would be interrogated as a witness and released. But I was detained, and I did not give detailed evidence, ”Ismailov said.
He also noted that Cobra is not a nickname, as the prosecutor earlier put it, but a sports nickname.
-This is ring hiring. I entered the ring with this nickname, as the coach called me, – explained Ismailov.
Then the prosecutor Maria Semenenko proceeded to interrogate the accused. However, as such, the interrogation did not work out – even at the first sessions, Ismailov announced a boycott to the prosecutor. And this time the defendant said that “he would not answer Maria Eduardovna’s questions,” because the investigation “sewed up his case with white thread.” The accused sat down on the bench, and the prosecutor began to read out her questions:
“Please tell me if you don’t know the people who approached the parking lot, then why did they listen to you when you told everyone to disperse?”
“If people and you didn’t have weapons, then how can you explain the presence of 15 cartridges and 8 bullets from different weapons?”
“Tell me, please, if Khamidov defended you, then why did he go to the 4th floor after that?”
“Khamidov, who blocked you with his body, was he alone? Or were there still his acquaintances with him? “
“When Khamidov went to the 4th floor, why did he go there? Did his acquaintances go to the 4th floor? “
“Tell me, please, did you say the phrase“ We are not guests here, we are the hosts here ”?
“Tell me, please, when you came to Petrovka 38, what surname did you introduce yourself?”
This interrogation continued for another 10 minutes. The prosecutor received not a single answer to all 20 questions.
– Tell me, please, how do you explain the fact that wherever you appear, shooting starts everywhere – on the first floor, on the fourth? The blonde prosecutor finally asked her last question.
-Do not bother me, Maria Eduardovna. I’ve already said everything, – the defendant replied smiling.
Recall that the shootout in Moscow City took place on November 17, 2017. On that day, the authoritative businessman Dmitry Pavlov (Pavlik) celebrated his anniversary in the restaurant of the Oko Tower. Among the friends of the hero of the day were thieves in law Oleg Shishkanov (Shishkan), Sergei Aksyonov (Aksen Izmailovsky).
The cause of the conflict was a banal quarrel. The car of one of the guests – Gabriel Yushvaev – blocked the entrance to the building. As a result, a skirmish took place between Yushvaev’s guards and Pavlik’s guards hired for the evening, which grew into a real state of emergency. As a result, one person died and five were injured. Among the victims were Dmitry Yakobson, an employee of the special forces center of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Okhrana” of the Russian Guard, as well as Kirill Titarenko, who were guarding the hero of the day (he received a bullet in the back of the head), and Platon Koida (died at home four days later due to a detached blood clot).
Most of Yushvaev’s guards, like himself, fled abroad.
Moscow City Duma deputy Oleg Sheremetyev, accused of especially large-scale fraud, called himself a victim of the slander. On October 12, the Zamoskvoretsky court of the capital began to consider the criminal case of the parliamentarian. The deputy assures that he did not participate in the machinations with the awards of his assistant and did not appropriate the budget millions.
According to the investigation, Oleg Sheremetyev, a Moscow City Duma deputy from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, from November 2019 to February 2020, four times submitted to the parliamentary staff memos on bonuses for large sums of his assistant Irina Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova received money on her card, withdrew it from an ATM in the Moscow City Duma building on Strastnoy Boulevard and gave it to her boss. And he appropriated the “laundered” cash. According to investigators, the scam brought Sheremetyev more than 2 million rubles. If the MP is proven guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
The victim in the case was initially recognized as the chief of the Duma apparatus, Alexander Taranov. However, from the first minutes of the trial, the roles changed: at the suggestion of the prosecutor, the Moscow City Duma itself became the victim. The state prosecutor told the details of the scheme imputed to Oleg Sheremetyev.
– From October 29 to November 19, 2019, Sheremetyev had a criminal intent to steal. He chose the budget funds allocated for the functioning of the Moscow City Duma as the subject of the criminal encroachment, – the state prosecutor emphasized, – Sheremetyev submitted four deliberately forged service notes on awarding Kuznetsova. For October and November 2019 for a million rubles, for December for 673 thousand rubles, for January 2020 – 363 thousand rubles, for February – 436 thousand rubles. According to the rules, a deputy of the capital’s parliament can have no more than four full-time assistants who are exclusively subordinate to him. He has the right to reward them for especially important and difficult tasks. Plus, a maximum of 40 volunteer assistants who work without wages can help the deputy.
As it sounded in court, Irina Kuznetsova got a job as a full-time assistant to Sheremetyev last year. She did not know about the boss’s machinations, so she regularly took money from the card for him. The deputy did not plead guilty.
“The accusation is absolutely absurd,” said Oleg Sheremetyev. – The prosecutor read out that I wrote a deliberately false memo. I believe these are defamatory statements. What kind of work is considered especially important is the prerogative of the deputy. Only the deputy decides whether the assistant deserves a prize and how much to award him. No one else has the right to rate it. The prosecutor’s office and the Investigative Committee exceeded their powers by taking over the right to assess.
According to the parliamentarian, the assistant, allegedly, is still a swindler herself: she harbored anger and slandered the boss. And all because Sheremetyev caught her in some machinations and fired her.
– There was no theft. I awarded Kuznetsov. At first, she worked very well and deserved a prize. She said in advance that she was going to use the prize to help residents of the area, – put forward an interesting version of Sheremetyev.
Another assistant to Oleg Sheremetyev, Kirill Anoshin, described Kuznetsova as a cunning, deceitful and wayward woman.
– She was there (in the office of the deputy – editor’s note) for the main one. What she wanted there, she did, she fenced herself off from everyone and spoke negatively about Sheremetyevo, – said Anoshin.
The accountant of the capital’s parliament, questioned in court by a witness, also spoke about the oddities of the distribution of money in the capital’s parliament. According to her, the salary of a Duma official is a complicated thing. In addition to the salary, the full-time assistant to the parliamentarian receives bonuses for special conditions that stimulate payments and bonuses. Whether or not to give a bonus is up to the deputy himself, for whom the assistant works. And most importantly, decisions on bonuses are never checked for validity by anyone.
“Even Efremov was given less, but his son did not kill or injure anyone,” the father of American student Trevor Reed, who received 9 years for a drunken brawl, appealed to the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights. Reed and Efremov are sitting in the same Moscow SIZO No. 5, only in different cells. And an elderly Texan goes to this isolation ward, as they say, on “dates.” She studies all the nuances of Russian prison life.
He is shocked by the enormous timeframe set by the court (indeed, this is almost a unique case in judicial practice). Reed Sr. explains the extremely harsh sentence by the difficult relationship between the United States and Russia.
Abroad, Trevor began to be spoken of as a political prisoner. But in my opinion, there is no politics in this matter. There is only the well-known “cane system” and mutual guarantee, which in this case can cost dearly not only the Reed family, but all of us.
All this – in the material of the observer “MK”.
Elderly Reed never dreamed of getting to Moscow; he led a calm, measured life in his native state of Texas. It was not the desire to look at the “bears with balalaikas” or even the dream of seeing the legendary Moscow Kremlin that summoned him on the road across the ocean, but disaster. On August 16, 2019, his son Trevor was arrested in Moscow.
Trevor is a student at the University of North Texas, studied at the international faculty, chose Russian as a foreign language. It so happened that he met a Russian girl, fell in love (on September 24, they had a wedding). She paid him for Russian language courses in Moscow – as a gift.
But, as one Moscow State University professor used to say, what foreign student doesn’t like Russian vodka? Trevor got drunk this summer with his Russian friends. He began to vomit, he turned pale. Not knowing what to do with him, the friends called the police in the hope that the guy would be taken to the hospital. According to the police, they were initially summoned because the foreigner was rowdy. The debauche continued in the company car. The law enforcement officers have bruises on the body – however, the foreign student was also found to have hematomas (according to the case file, he received them because he allegedly began to beat his head). Trevor was charged with part 2 of the 318th article of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “The use of violence dangerous to life and health against a government official.”
“I don’t remember anything about that awful day,” Trevor told me later in the pre-trial detention center in broken Russian. – I drank vodka for the first time in my life. The vodka was bad. What do you call it – false? And, I remembered: fake. I came to Moscow to learn Russian … In the pre-trial detention center I began to understand and speak well. Such accelerated courses, as inmates joke. But it would be better to learn the language in other conditions, and not in prison … “
On July 30, 2020, the Golovinsky court found him guilty and sentenced him to 9 years in prison.
To say that his father was upset is to say nothing. He was shocked.
And here is Joy Reed – in the office, sitting in front of me. He wants to tell his version of this whole story.
Amazingly, Joy is almost an exact copy of an American passerby whom I interviewed in 2013 in the United States, when I was there on the first Russian-American journalist exchange program. Then, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama jointly approved this program during a period of relative “thaw”. On the streets of American cities, I asked passers-by about Russia and made a video, which was later applauded by both sides of the Russian-American dialogue. The video was about the fact that we are all basically alike, and we have the same problems – human. And now, after so many years, it was as if one of those passers-by came to Moscow to give an interview here …
– Joy, tell us about your family.
– We have the most ordinary American family. I am a firefighter by profession (I was in the position of chief firefighter, I have many merits), my wife is a doctor. Two children: the eldest son Trevor and the youngest daughter. To be honest, I was not particularly interested in Russia. Ordinary Americans are preoccupied with themselves, their families; they do not discuss international politics in the kitchen. And then Trevor introduced us to his fiancee, who turned out to be Russian. A very nice girl. We love her. She lived at our house for almost two years. Then they decided to get married, and Trevor went to Moscow for the first time to ask her parents for her hand and heart. And the second time he went to Moscow to learn Russian (his girlfriend organized courses). He told us that he definitely needs to know the language well, because the university requires. Since then I have only seen him behind bars …
– Is your son a hooligan?
– No, I never fought even as a child! He was a funny, funny and very open child. We made fun of him because he could not lie under any circumstances. Such is his feature or oddity. At school he played football, basketball, and baseball. He was a boy scout. Millions of American teenagers are Boy Scouts, but only one percent or less receive an Eagle Scout award. So Trevor got it. It hangs over his bed.
– Did he manage to serve in the army?
– In America, many guys voluntarily go to the army, because in this case the state pays for college and university tuition. We are a poor family. After the army, he began to study at the university.
– When you learned about the arrest of your son, what did you think?
– That this is some kind of mistake. We treat the police with respect, no matter where they are. It’s in our blood. In America, people consider police officers to be their great friends, protectors and helpers in trouble. This is a highly respected profession. If you ask any passer-by in Texas, “Are you afraid of the police?” – he will not understand the question. Even in a nightmare, I would not have dreamed that my son attacked a policeman. Many of Trevor’s friends are police officers.
The test that Trevor was given the morning after the incident showed that he had the strongest level of intoxication. Our experts believe that he was actually unconscious and could not attack anyone. And he was accused of deliberate attack and “knowledge” of the results of his actions.
– And yet the court found that there was an attack.
– The whole accusation is based only on the testimony of the police. They changed them three times. The first time they said that when Trevor seemed to be rowdy in the car, she drove into the oncoming lane. We asked for CCTV footage: the police car was moving smoothly. The second time they said the car was wobbling. We again provided records for this: it did not change its trajectory. And then for the third time they admitted that she did not go to the oncoming and did not wag, but simply slowed down. We provided a third examination, which proved that the car did not slow down, but was consistently accelerating …
The material evidence was presented to the court: a torn twist of a policeman. But the examination showed that she was torn with her hands like this (shows), and not on one side, as if Trevor had pulled.
We turned only to state experts – we did not specifically contact any private companies. An expert from the Ministry of Justice came to the court. Both investigators and police officers admitted that cameras in the police car and cameras in the police station were operating on the day of the incident. They were unable to explain why the records were not kept, although the lawyers immediately requested them! You see, all the records were deliberately destroyed. What for?..
We thought we had completely shattered the prosecution evidence. Among our lawyers was a former Russian judge (we hired a professional on purpose). He was sure it was a win-win.
– The verdict shocked, I suppose?
– I didn’t know what to expect from the Russian court, because I didn’t know how, in principle, everything is arranged with you, I didn’t know the laws. After Trevor’s arrest, I read a lot about your justice system. I found information on the Internet about a former American firefighter, Geilen Grandstaff, who spent two years in a Moscow detention center for buying a cleaning agent over the Internet. But I couldn’t believe it.
– American firemen are somehow unlucky in Moscow …
– There are three million firefighters in the United States. And about two million of them are volunteers, that is, they work for free. I mean, a firefighter is a very popular profession in America.
And Trevor’s verdict shocked me. You see, he himself said: “I don’t remember anything, but if I am guilty, I am ready to be punished.” However, there is no objective evidence of his guilt. Neither he nor I was convinced by the investigation that a crime had been committed.
The second point is a huge period. The lawyers analyzed the judicial practice: they don’t give that much under Article 318 of the Criminal Code. None of the policemen were seriously injured. One police officer said that he had a small bruise on his stomach, which he received while wearing a bulletproof vest, but this was not confirmed by anything in court – only his words. In a completely similar criminal case in Stavropol, a drunk man, being in the back seat of a police car, grabbed the driver, hit another policeman in the eye and wounded him. This person was convicted under article 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, part 1 and only paid a fine.
My lawyers and I studied Russian judicial practice: over the past 12–20 years, not a single person in Russia has been sentenced to more than 8 years in prison under any part of Article 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Individuals who deliberately attacked and stabbed police officers received shorter sentences.
With Trevor in the cell sits a prisoner who was given less for murder. Your popular actor was given 8 years, and everyone shouted that this is a lot, although a man died under the wheels of his car!
– How did your family and friends in America react to the sentence?
– Awful! 150 countries wrote about the Trevor case in the context of a Russian court, because of the political situation, mistreated an American student. In America, famous publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal told about this story. A meeting of Congress dedicated to Trevor took place in Washington. Congressmen and senators studied Russian legislation and came to the conclusion that this is an unfair sentence. Now we are talking about recognizing him as a political prisoner. But we really hope that the appellate instance will sort it out. We didn’t want this to be an international conflict. But so far it turns out that everything looks exactly like this.
I decided for myself that I would not leave Russia until justice prevails. I am a simple person, I am far from politics. I applied to the HRC because I believe in an objective investigation. No matter how the governments of our countries treat each other, ordinary people should not suffer from this.
Our family is very grateful to all the lovely and caring people we met in Moscow. Our peoples have more similarities than differences. Russia is a wonderful country, there are a lot of good people here.
The elderly Texan speaks the last touching words with particular emotion. In general, it is clear that he is still shocked by what happened. Until recently, the son was a successful international student, and became a prisoner in a foreign land. But his statement that only politics intervened in the fate of the guy, nevertheless, I think, is incorrect. Most likely, it was like this: specific police officers wanted to “cut the stick,” and a foreigner who does not know the language and laws is an excellent target. But the court did not delve into the essence.
Errors of the investigation, the harshness of the court – we talk about all this constantly. How many Russians do you think turn to the president about an unfair trial and investigation? Half a million a year!
America, one must think, will not leave its citizen. As we do not leave our own people who have been imprisoned there. But I really don’t want an ordinary criminal case to be an excuse for us to be “rinsed” again in the international environment. Maybe for this it is worth providing for responsibility in relation to specific police officers and judges?