3 Aug 2018 17:34

Col. Budanov's killer dies of cardiac arrest in penal colony

MOSCOW. Aug 3 (Interfax) - Yusup Temirkhanov, who was convicted of murdering Col. Yury Budanov, has died in the penal colony where he was serving his sentence, lawyer Roza Magomedova, who is familiar with the situation, told Interfax on Friday.

"Yes, Temirkhanov has died. He was ill but was not treated. He died of cardiac arrest," Magomedova said.

Temirkhanov was serving his sentence at Penal Colony No. 6 in Omsk, she said.

The defense team had reported Temirkhanov's poor health on several occasions and insisted on his release for health reasons, but its requests fell on deaf ears, the lawyer said.

In July 2003, Col. Yury Budanov was found guilty of kidnapping and killing Chechen girl Elza Kungayeva and sentenced to ten years in prison. The court deprived Budanov of his rank, the Order of Courage, and the right to hold certain posts for three years. On December 24, 2008, a Dimitrovograd court granted Budanov's petition for release on parole. The lawyers of the aggrieved appealed the court's decision, preventing his prompt release. His petition was dismissed a total of four times.

In January 2009, Budanov was released from Penal Colony No. 3 in Dimitrovograd in the Ulyanovsk region. On June 10, 2011, he was shot dead near a notary's office on Komsomolsky Avenue in Moscow.

On May 7, 2013, the Moscow City Court sentenced Temirkhanov to 15 years in a maximum-security penal colony after he was found guilty. The defense lodged an appeal requesting that the sentence be overturned.