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Pattaya Daily News

21 October 2010 :: 19:10:38 pm 44556

Follow-up: Intricate Murder of Russian Businessman Unfolds

Pattaya police today unveiled the three Russian suspects arrested over the brutal murder of a fellow countryman and property dealer on the 14th of October. Two further Russian offenders were presented to the media after allegations that they attempted to bribe police over the murder.
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Pattaya, the 21st of October 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: At approximately 2:00pm on Thursday, Colonel Nunthawut Suwanla-ong (Pattaya Police Superintendent) along with Lieutenant Colonel Taratep Toopanich (Pattaya Deputy Superintendent) unveiled five Russian suspects to the media, arrested over their alleged involved in the murder of fellow countryman Mr. Crishin Victor on the 14th of October 2010.

Revealed in the media on Wednesday (Oct 20th), Mr. Victor was brutally beaten and shot to death by at least three suspects, before his body was dumped in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Pattaya. Mr. Victor was a known property dealer in the Pattaya and Jomtien area, specialising in the rental and sale of upmarket condominiums to foreign clientele.

Col. Suwanla-ong revealed the three murder suspects as Mr. Rachid Kasanov, Mr. Renut or Ramsid Ilwasov (not present at the press conference) and Mr. Serge Mironengo. A further two Russian’s, Mr. Kochengo Dimitri and Ms. Nadechda Chepugro were arrested on gun possession and bribery charges pertaining to the murder.

The three men, Mr. Kasanov, Mr. Ilwasov and Mr. Mironengo, are thought to have conspired to kill Mr. Crispin before accessing his bank accounts and withdrawing a substantial amount of money, at least Bt600,000, following his death.

Mr. Dimitri and Ms. Chepugro were arrested after they had attempted to bribe Pattaya Police for the release of his friends, arrested on the 20th of October. Mr. Dimitri had called police to setup a drop point for an agreed bribe payment of Bt500,000, before sending his girlfriend Ms. Chepugro to deliver the cash.

Both were then arrested by authorities who came to receive the money at the location in Soi Yamoto. Mr. Dimitri was subsequently found to be the renter of the black Toyota Fortuner involved in the transportation of Mr. Victor’s dead body. A firearm was also found upon a later inspection of Mr. Dimitri’s residence in Pattaya.

Initially a fourth man was implicated in the murder, Mr. Serge Alexandrov, however he has since presented himself to police and been released without charge. Police at Thursday’s press conference alluded that it was a case of mistaken identity with Mr. Serge Mironengo despite admitting that he was an associate of the other men.

Mr. Kasanov has since confessed that both he and Mr. Ilwasov, currently in hospital suffering from two gunshot wounds inflicted in a shootout with police on Wednesday, were responsible for disposing of Mr. Victor’s dead body, but that they had no part in the actual murder. Both men have subsequently implicated Mr. Mironengo as the sole murderer and shooter of Mr. Victor.

In a police statement Mr. Kasanov alleges that Mr. Mironengo had paid him and Mr. Ilwasov Bt30,000 out of every Bt100,000 that was withdrawn from the deceased’s  accounts incrementally every day following his death. Police later restricted the withdrawal amount on the accounts before arresting Mr. Kasanov and Mr. Ilwasov on the 20th of October.

Mr. Mironengo, emotional throughout today’s press conference, revealed to PDN in fluent Thai that he had no involvement in the murder of his beloved partner Mr. Victor. He stated that he had been with Mr. Victor for twelve years and that the pair had an adopted child. Mr. Mironengo claimed to have never seen the other four suspects prior to his arrest yesterday and that the whole situation was a setup.

PDN were prevented from interviewing the suspect any further as they all began to argue amongst themselves in Russian. Later checks with the Immigration offices in Pattaya revealed no records of any of the suspects in the system, while passports were presented at the press conference none pertained to the suspects arrested.

At present, four suspects have been remanded in police custody while the investigation in Mr. Victor’s murder continues. Mr. Ilwasov remains under heavy police guard at a local hospital, where he is still receiving treatment for two gunshot wounds to the arm and leg.

Related News: Russian Real Estate Investor Brutally Murdered in Pattaya

Reporter : Warina Punyawan   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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