Friday, July 20, 2018

Roizman denies involvement with murder of pensioner

Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman recently denied all allegations of involvement with the murder of Olga Ledovskaya, a Yekaterinburg pensioner who was discovered murdered in May.

Roizman met with city investigators over the weekend and demanded a lie detector test and a meeting with Oleg Kinev, the former city legislator who admitted to killing 80-year-old Ledovskaya. Kinev told officials that he murdered the pensioner because he was in debt to Roizman, The Moscow Times reports.

Kinev told officials that he allegedly paid Roizman $140,000 to inherit his seat on the legislature of Yekaterinburg after Roizman was elected mayor. When he was unable to pay the the full amount, Kinev alleges that he acted on Roizman's instructions to murder Ledovskaya to inherit her downtown apartment. Aside from Roizman, Kinev claims he planned and committed the murder with the help of one other accomplice.

Ledovskaya's body was found in a swamp outside Yekaterinburg in May. If convicted of murder, Kinev faces up to 15 years in prison. Although Roizman is not facing any criminal proceedings, several city lawmakers are asking for his resignation, according to The Moscow Times.