Monday, May 21, 2018

Suspect's trial underway in Yekaterinburg murder-for-hire

The trial of Stanislav Silkin, accused of taking part in the murder of Alexander Kuleshov,  director of the Yekaterinburg Meatpacking Plant, began last week.

Silkin has been charged with aiding and abetting a hired killing and with illicit trafficking of a firearm and ammunition.

"The inquest team (believes) the accused was an accomplice in the hired killing of businessman Alexander Kuleshov in November 2002. They also believe the killing was organized by order of Igor Yurlov, a former agent of Pavel Fedulev," the court's press service said.

Silkin is accused of seeking out another party that ultimately killed Kuleshov outside of an apartment building in Yekaterinburg, providing the assailant with the weapon and $20,000.

If Silkin is found guilty, he would face eight years to life in prison, or potentially the death penalty.

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