In the Presnensky court of Moscow on Thursday heard the testimony of one of the main witnesses in a major case of the shootout at the Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya street, which happened in December 2015. Then, we recall, two people died and eight were injured. Victim Edward Budantsev, a former employee of the KGB and the interior Ministry, expressed the view that the police had a real opportunity to prevent the tragedy, if not absent.
photo: Natalia Muslinkina
The process began with a delay of two hours due to the shipping dock. In the beginning of session the lawyer of the former district Zinatullina Renata wanted to make a motion, but judge Tatyana vasyuchenko bluntly turned her down. “Said after questioning the victim,” she said. Then went to the victim, attorney Edward Budantseva, who currently stands accused of two murders and is under house arrest.
– Come on tribonacci, said vasyuchenko.
Budantsev came to court in a blue suit and white shirt. He was visibly worried, said haltingly, his speech was trying to get away from the professional slang, but it was hard on him. Perhaps affected by the consequences of the wounds he received in the conflict near the restaurant.
– December 14, 2015, at about eight in the evening I got a call from my doveritelnyi Jeanne Kim, was concluded a contract for the provision of services and informed me about her arrival in a restaurant by groups of armed men, composed of 15 people, with unjustified demands for money, she was very excited – told Budantsev.
According to him, it is at this moment the car was back home. Kim told him that never saw these people. Budantsev advised her to call the police.
– Jeanne said that she was scared and that she had already called the police, I decided to go to her, on the way I called counterpart Vladimir, Kostrichenko, we are involved in arbitration cases, he is a retired Colonel, he served with me in the bodies of internal Affairs, I asked him to contact Kim, said Budantsev.
When he and his colleague arrived on Rochdelskaya street near the restaurant saw police and crews with them, stood next to Kim. She said that a group blocked its establishment.
Kim told us about the details of what happened and the claims of a group of persons said that repeatedly appealed to the police. Kim said that her friend Fatima misikova laid claim to half a million rubles, but later the amount rose to 8 million rubles.
Have Budantseva this situation has caused confusion. “It was clear to me that the problem lies not in the financial level, it’s hitting and extortion by criminal groups of persons”, -he said. Then the lawyer asked his former bodyguard Peter Cherchintsev (he is now also the victim).
– I called him to protect himself and Kim because the police did not react. Jeanne said that ten times called “02” – continued Budantsev.
He explained that Kim was the head of the company that rented the room to open a Korean restaurant. The repair was almost completed and the school worked.
Designer Fatima misikova and her people came into the restaurant, Kim took them into the VIP room where she was threatened with violence.
Misikova came with a support group, which included Novels, Hamidov and lawyer Nicholas Dushkin. Later came Andrew Kauchukov nicknamed “Italian” with three guards.
– These people are scared of Kim, it was quite hard hitting, they demanded 8 million rubles, to her, was threatening her family and her small children. We were not in the room to go. She didn’t know anyone except for Fatima. I was asked to be in the VIP room only with the police – told Budantsev. According to him, when the police came, he and Kostrichenko handed them his papers. Then came the operative of criminal investigation Department Ilnur Shakirov. He was with a folder and a gun. Introduced the duty of the police station “Presnya”. We told him everything and asked to take measures to protect Kim. Advised to check the documents by an unknown group of people, which is the VIP room. Shakirov was in no hurry, he’s ordering a meal. Then decided with me and Kostrichenko to go in the VIP room. The four of us entered the hall. Other police officers left and were only Shakirov, said Budantsev. He noted that Shakirov had kept no records and did not make notes.
I said Shakirov, all reminiscent of a criminal hitting, and asked him to check the documents of other people, – said the victim.
In his words, Shakirov asked everyone in the room to present the documents. People sat at the round table. Misikova, Nikolaev, lawyer Dushkin, Hamidov, “bandit” Novels and the man Budantsev didn’t know.
– Romanov and Nikolayev had no documents, they said all of them named Michael and began to giggle over Shakirov. Then Nikolaev turned to the operative. “They say you’ll call and explain everything”.
Shakirov collected documents, which were presented only to the wife, Kim, and misikova Dushkin, and perefotografirovat them on the phone. As explained by Budantsev, he asked Shakirov to get people to the Department or itself Kim, for her safety. It Shakirov replied that he was on duty the day after tomorrow so come and tell all. Then Budantsev saw Kichukova and his guards. They entered the restaurant, everyone was holding on to the holster, where it was a combat weapon. “It was a demonstration of power,” remarked a victim.
At this point the police Panichkin, Lavrov, Dennis Romashkin, the last appeared a local Renat Zinatullin folder. He was in uniform.
– Zinatullina was confused. They were built in the restaurant and had a meeting, said Budantsev. – Zinatullinu no one talked about the detail of what was happening. The atmosphere in the restaurant was tense. There sat at the tables Caucasians. It was like gang violence of the 90-ies, – recalled the witness. Not enough of a notary, to renew the restaurant, thought Budantsev. He understood that Kim had a claim on the quality of construction works. However, the owner of the restaurant paid off Misikova, but she did not gave money to builders to builders.
– Builders came to Kim directly and said that they have not paid the money – a half million rubles. Kim called Misikova when poslednaya arrived, the amount of “debt” has grown to 8 million rubles, – explained Budantsev. After “meeting” police Shakirov came to Kim and Budantseva, wished us luck and went out. And not taking statements. The Zinatullin still in the hall. After a while, Kostrichenko heard the sound.
We saw Kauchukov screaming that everything here is mine, all the tear. If I wasn’t in the room Zinatullina in the form, we would have been shot right in the room – said Budantsev. Further, the witness did not tell the details of the shooting, as has given a subscription about nondisclosure.
According to him, the police had the ability to eliminate the serious consequences of the conflict.
– Romashkin had comprehensive information on Jeanne Kim, he said. Budantsev sure that the police inaction was deliberate, they worked together with a group of Kochukova.