Last month marked an important breakthrough in the proceeding of the case whereby Yevgenia Shishkina, a chief investigator of Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, was murdered in cold blood at a private parking lot in her Moscow residence.
On this date, two young alleged culprits associated with the murder were apprehended by authorities mandated by the Basmanny court of Moscow.
According to investigators, the assassination-for-hire was carried out through the dark web.
The leading suspects who have been detained are Abdulaziz Abdulazizov, a 19-year-old student from the Social and Medical Institute of St. Petersburg, together with his alleged accomplice, a 17-year-old teenager whose name has not been made public.
The Murder Operation
Shishkina was a well-established senior investigator with the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, working in cases involving fraudulent crimes such as the distribution of illegally acquired transport tickets and cases involving drug trafficking.
The chain of events leading to her murder in October 2018 is set to have started with the first alleged culprit, a 10th grader in St. Petersburg whose identity has not been publicly released. BBC News Russia refers to the suspect as “A.G.”
The suspect sent out an application call on the dark web for a quick job.
The purported website is said to have been facilitating numerous drug-related trades, however, it has a strict rule against any firearm tradeoffs.
According to a news release from the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, the 17-year-old suspect was the alleged mediator of the operation, and his purpose was served when he was able to reach out and attempt to find a worthy candidate for the job on the dark web.
For this, he was compensated 400,000 rubles for the mediation.
The second culprit was 19-year-old Abdulazizov (seen in the video below), the accused killer of the esteemed investigator.
He received 600,000 rubles for the job, according to investigators.
Abdulazizov’s presence in Moscow was unclear because all public travel tickets he possessed were not under his name, though evidence suggested that the teenager was a medical student at St. Petersburg.
В Санкт-Петербурге задержаны двое подозреваемых в убийстве полицейского следователя Евгении Шишкиной в Подмосковье в октябре 2018 года.
Исполнителем преступления является Абдулазиз Абдулазизов 2000 г.р., а посредником 17-летний житель Санкт-Петербурга. Устанавливаются заказчики pic.twitter.com/vKvsVyOPtB
— Следственный комитет (@sledcom_rf) March 7, 2019
He is suspected to have found the job call listed by A.G. and positively responded to it.
Reports from the case experts claim that Abdulazizov lurked in the parking lot waiting for the perfect moment to get close enough to the victim, approached her and delivered two kill shots with a converted pistol.
Besides the murder of a high-ranking investigator, he has also been charged for circulating weapons.
The main mastermind behind the crime is yet to be established.
After the task was complete, an account in the Russian social network VKontante showed evidence that he went to a hip-hop concert nearby a few hours after the murder.
Here he was caught bragging that he travelled from St. Petersburg to Moscow just for the thrill of it.
Prior to the murder, there had been a slew of threatening messages directed to Shishkina.
She had frequently reported them to the investigative authorities, requesting for them to remove her car registration number and her home address from all databases.
The request was partially satisfied in that they did clear the requested records off her database, but they instead provided her with two body guards instead of secret surveillance, a decision that was not taken too well by Shishkina.
Alexander Kabaranov, whose office represents the interests of Shishkina, says that there is a high chance that the threats she received could have come from Yaroslav Sumbaev, a hacker who was in the international wanted list for running a ticket fraud operation targeting Russian Railways and other services.
Shishkina and her team had taken up the case and they had made considerable progress in the four years they had been working on it.
Her murder was believed to have been a way to permanently subdue her efforts at making a leeway in building a case around Sumbaev’s operations.
A confident statement made by the head of Internet Search Company in St. Petersburg suggested that the account that issued the threats is believed to have been registered to a phone number of a citizen of Tajikistan who was on a visit in St. Petersburg.
The account was last online in late 2018 and it contained the title address of Shishkina. It has since been deleted.
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