27 Dec 2017 09:31

Three former policemen sentenced from 2 to 4 years in connection with shootout on Moscow's Rochdelskaya Street

MOSCOW. Dec 27 (Interfax) - The Presnensky District Court in Moscow sent to jail three former officer of the Presnensky district police department on Tuesday on the counts of abusing their office in the case of a shootout on Moscow's Rochdelskaya Street in 2015, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courtroom.

"To sentence [former acting head of the criminal investigation department of the Presnensky district police department Denis] Romashkin to four years in custody, [former operative of the same department Ildar] Shakirov to three and a half years, and [former inspector of the same department Renat] Zinnatulin to two years in a general penitentiary," Judge Tatyana Vasyuchenko said.

The shootout took place between two groups of people near the Elements restaurant on Rochdelskaya Street on December 14, 2015. Two people were killed and seven were injured and hospitalized. According to investigators, associates of mafia boss Zakhariy Kalashov, also known as Young Shakro, in particular, arrestee Andrei Kochuikov, also known as 'the Italian', and former State Security Committee (KGB) and Interior Ministry official Eduard Budantsev were involved in the incident.

Disregarding calls coming from people about a grave crime being committed, police officers abstained from performing their official duties to suppress illegal actions, investigators said.

Police officers failed to prevent the shootout, Romashkin told reporters earlier. He and the other defendant, Shakirov, did not plead guilty. In turn, the third defendant, Zinnatulin, did plead guilty.