May 29, 2023

Law enforcers solved the murder of the vice-governor of St. Petersburg Mikhail Manevich, committed in 1997. This was announced on April 30 by the Center for Public Relations (CSP) of the FSB.

Work to investigate the circumstances of a particularly serious crime was carried out jointly with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the special service noted.

As the investigation found out, two members of the St. Petersburg organized crime group were involved in the crime. One of them followed Manevich and passed this information on to his accomplice. The second shot at the car where the vice-governor was.

As specified in the FSB, during interrogations, the defendants confessed to preparing for the murder and murder of the vice-governor.

The investigators named the leader of the Tambov group of St. Petersburg Vladimir Barsukov (Kumarin) as the customer.

According to the detainees, it was Barsukov who gave them a weapon with a silencer – a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

In 2016, Barsukov was sentenced to 23 years in the case of an attempt on the life of businessman Sergei Vasiliev, in 2019 – to 24 years for creating an organized criminal group.

Investigative actions to procedurally consolidate the circumstances of the solved crime are ongoing, ”the CSO stressed.

Manevich was killed in St. Petersburg on the morning of August 18, 1997. The attacker opened fire on the lieutenant governor when he was in a Volvo car with his wife. The man was severely wounded and died at the scene of the attack. The sniper who killed Manevich then fled.

In October 2022, Interior Ministry officers detained three suspects in a 27-year-old murder.

According to the investigation, in 1995 the detainees made their way to the couple’s apartment in Bashkortostan with a demand to give them money. Neighbors called a detachment of private security, accomplices shot the owners and started shooting at the police, injuring one of them, after which they fled.

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