Vice-President of the Union of Paratroopers of Russia Batyr Bekmuradov and an istant of thief in law Zakhary Kalashov, known as Shakro Molodoy, who took part in the shootout on Rochdelskaya Street at the end of 2015, was sent to the special operation zone. Kommersant reported this with reference to sources.
Bekmuradov was sent to the special operation zone several years ago from a maximum security colony in the Lipetsk region, where he was serving a 15-year sentence. Now he commands one of the units.
It is clarified that after the start of the special operation, Bekmuradov several times contacted the Wagner PMC and the Ministry of Defense with a request to give him the opportunity to use his experience and skills, but received refusals.
In 2018, a former airborne major received nine years in prison for participating in extortion (Article 163 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) as part of a group of more than ten people. Later, another criminal case was opened against him – about organizing the kidnapping of American businessman Boris Minakhi. Bekmuradov himself confirmed that he indeed discussed plans to kidnap the entrepreneur, but subsequently refused to implement them. In 2021, the court found Bekmuradov guilty of kidnapping and arbitrariness (Article 163 and Article 330 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and sentenced him to another six years in prison.
A shootout near a restaurant on Rochdelskaya Street occurred on the evening of December 14, 2015. 10 people took part in the conflict. According to investigators, the cause of the conflict could have been financial disagreements that arose on the basis of debt obligations. As a result, two people were killed and eight more were injured. In connection with the incident, a criminal case was opened under articles of murder of two or more people, hooliganism and illegal trafficking of weapons.