Governor of Russia’s Khabarovsk region, Sergey Furgal has been arrested on Thursday for allegedly organizing murders of some entrepreneurs.
Interfax reports that the case against Furgal involves the murders of Khabarovsk businessmen Evgeny Sori (2004) and Oleg Bulatov (2005), as well as the attempted murder of businessman Alexander Smolsky in the Amur region.
The testimony against Furgal was reportedly given by his former business partner Nikolai Mistryukov and if found guilty, he faces up to life in prison.
“In this case, in addition to Furgal, four active members of the organized group were previously detained and arrested. They are charged, depending on each one’s role, of the commission of crimes,” Svetlana Petrenko, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee Furgal, said.
“Those accused of murdering businessmen in the Far East testified that Furgal was the organizer of crimes”, adding that the testimony was obtained as a result of “correct investigative tactics.”
Reacting, Head of the Russian State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, Alexander Hinstein said: “I am not surprised by Furgal’s arrest: I am surprised that it is so late. In the operational records of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, he has been mentioned since the 1990s, as being connected to the criminal organization “the Community”. The criminal authority Timoha, who was detained and convicted in 2011, was his assistant. As an MP, he continued to engage in questionable business (metal processing).”