Avraam Russo. Photo: © Sputnik / Yekaterina Chesnokova

19 September 2018, 21:59

Suspects of kidnapping singer Avraam Russo detained

Vladimir Gusakov, detained on suspicion of kidnapping the singer Avraam Russo, had worked as a driver for another suspect, Telman Ismailov, a former owner of the Cherkizovo marketplace in Moscow, a source said.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Russian singer Avraam Russo stated that in 2004 he was kidnapped and beaten up by the order of Telman Ismailov, who forced him to cancel all the concerts and sign a contract. On September 17, 2018, Zaur Mardanov, an Ismailov's nephew and a former Director General of the "Prague" Restaurant, was detained on suspicion of the above kidnapping. The advocates of Mardanov and Ismailov treat the accusations as absurd.

Telman Ismailov, a native of Azerbaijan, was the founder of the Moscow marketplaces "Luzhniki" and "Cherkizovo". In December 2015, he was declared bankrupt. Now he is on the international wanted list and arrested in absentia. Investigators consider him the organizer of the murder of two businessmen in 2016.

Investigators believes that seven people took part in the kidnapping of the singer; four of them have not been identified yet, the "Interfax" reports.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on September 19, 2018 at 06:49 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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