Alexander Volkov, suspected of organizing abduction of Maidan activists Ihor Lutsenko and Yury Verbitsky and last murder in January 2014, managed to hold thanks to his own miscalculation: after learning about the arrest of his accomplices, he attempted to escape to Russia, but then returned to Ukraine. This was stated by the head of Department of special investigations of the GPU Alexey Donskoy, reports Radio Liberty.
According to him, initially the investigation did not consider Volkova as a suspect, but it was his trips abroad and back caused law enforcement interest.
Don pointed out that the evidence against Volkov was received after may 2017, the Department of special investigations received a criminal proceedings against the perpetrators and organizers of the abduction and murder.
“Later found out an important fact: April 23, 2014, when two other suspects in committing this crime detained the next morning, April 24, wolves left the territory of Russia. In the future, whether he received assurances from close to the organizers of persons, whether learned that in the presented on 23 April the suspicion does not appear. Late in the evening of the same day he came back,” said the investigator.
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Donskoy said that the first consequence received data on telephone connections and movements Volkova in the night of the kidnapping Verbitsky and Lutsenko is “compelling circumstantial evidence”, but did not dare to inform him about the suspicion.
“After we got direct evidence, which together correlate with evidence, based on traffic, movement, and connections with other suspects that night, we decided to report the suspicion and to choose a measure of restraint”, – said the representative of the GPU.
29 July 2017 the Pechersky court of Kiev arrested Alexander Volkov, suspected of organizing the kidnapping of Lutsenko and Verbitsky and the murder of the latter.