The former head of security service of Yukos, Alexei Pichugin at the meeting of the Moscow city court, April 2006
The lawyer of the former head of security service of Yukos of Alexey Pichugin Kseniya Kostromina has stated that currently he is in the remand prison “Lefortovo”, reports TASS. Kostromina said that in a Moscow prison Pichugin is “at least since yesterday”, i.e. on 5 July.
“I spoke with the head of the detention center, he confirmed that Alex is still there”, — quotes Kostromina “Interfax”. The lawyer also added that ” good.
Location sentenced to life imprisonment Pichugin was unknown to the 4 of July when the former head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky said that Pichugin was taken from the colony “Black Dolphin” in the Orenburg region, where he was serving a sentence.
Khodorkovsky also said that before escorting Pichugin, was visited by the representatives of special services” and threatened to arrest his brother in the case, “if he will not give evidence, acceptable to the organizers.” “Brother was summoned for questioning and searched. Now he is not in Russia,” said Khodorkovsky then.
As reported by the official representative of the Federal penitentiary service Kristina Belousova, the office can provide information about the location Pichugin only relatives and lawyers.
Later the fact of ” escorting Kostromina confirmed in the administration of the colony. “While we are not told where he was transferred,” said July 5, Kostromina told RBC. According to her, the prison administration promised to give protection Pichugin response throughout the day.
The colony “Black Dolphin” — one of the few correctional institutions in Russia, which are serving sentences for life prisoners. Pichugin was serving his punishment after in 2007 the court found him guilty of the murder of Nefteyugansk mayor Vladimir Petukhov, who was gunned down June 26, 1998. In the case were also former co-owner of Yukos Leonid Nevzlin. The court found that he ordered the killing of Petukhov and sentenced to life imprisonment, but at that time he was already in Israel.
In December 2015, Khodorkovsky was charged in absentia of charges under part 2 of article 105 of the criminal code (organization of murder and attempt at murder of two and more persons). According to investigators, Khodorkovsky in 1998-1999, he instructed his subordinates Leonid Nevzlin and Alexey Pichugin, as well as others, the murder of the mayor.
Earlier, Khodorkovsky offered Pichugin to testify against him in exchange for release from prison. “Pichugin has still not come to an agreement. But now have the opportunity to exchange his freedom for participation in the show. Alex, do it!” — said the former head of Yukos. However, the defense of Pichugin said that he did not intend to do that.