MOSCOW, September 21 (RAPSI) – Investigators check information on alleged involvement of businessman Anatoly Bykov in instigation to the murder of vice-president of the Krasnoyarsk Region Boxing Federation Andrey Grabovsky, the Investigatve Committee’s press service reports.

According to the preliminary version, in the fall of 2004, Bykov induced his acquaintance to kill Grabovsky, a 38-year resident of Krasnoyarsk. Investigators claim that on November 1, 2004, an assassin shot Grabovsky’s BMW but failed to consummate the crime as the victim could drive away from the shooting scene and therefore saved his life.

In early September, investigators brought final charges against Bykov as part of a case over double homicide masterminding. Moreover, he is prosecuted of leading a criminal community and organization of one more murder, the statement reads.

According to the Russian Investigative Committee, in the first half of 1994, Alexander Naumov, the 23-year old member of a criminal group headed by Bykov, had a conflict with the gang leader because of unjust, according to him, dividing of the joint criminal income. Later, Bykov’s car was exploded. The businessman suspected Naumov and his friend Kirill Voytenko of the blast organization and decided to kill them. He ordered his acquaintance Vladimir Tatarenkov to organize the murder; the latter in turn involved his gang members in the crime. On July 24, 1994, Naumov and Voytenko were shot dead, investigators claimed.

One of the killers Sergey Bakurov was sentenced to life.  Another one is on a wanted list. Tatarenkov was sentenced to 13 years in prison, the Investigative Committee’s statement read.

Investigators claim that many witnesses confirmed that Bykov had business relations with Naumov and a conflict after which the latter was afraid of his life and began wearing body armour.

Three witnesses said that Bykov was a mastermind of the murder. They added that failed to give testimony 26 years ago as they hoped that Bykov would provide assistance to them, according to the Investigative Committee.

In late August, investigators opened one more murder case against the businessman. The entrepreneur is suspected of organizing the murder of a Krasnoyarsk citizen who was a founder of an industrial waste utilization. Allegedly, in the summer of 2004 Bykov ordered his acquaintance to kill the victim for an award totaling $50,000. In January 2005, the killer shot the businessman dead, the statement read.