Rocket launcher murder plot by Russian mayor
There’s “solid ground” to believe that Amirov and his two
accomplices “were preparing an attempt on the life of a state
official, in order to influence decision making by the
authorities of the Republic of Dagestan,” the prosecutors
said in a statement.
“As an instrument of crime, they were planning to use an illegally acquired portable surface-to-air missile system, Strela-2M, which was discovered today [on Tuesday] in the cache, which Abdulgalimov kept in one of the republic’s districts,” the statement added.
The identity of the official, whom the trio wanted dead hasn’t been revealed in the interests of the investigation.
On Tuesday, a search was conducted of Amirov’s premises, during which “items relevant to the investigation” were discovered and seized.
Strela-2M is a man-portable, shoulder-fired, low-altitude surface-to-air missile system, with a high explosive warhead and passive infrared homing guidance. The rocket launcher, which went into series production in the 1970, is comparable to the earlier US Army FIM-43 Redeye system.
The son of Makhachkala’s mayor – local MP, Magomed Amirov – was
present in the house during the search, but there are no reports
of him being arrested.
The operation was carried out early morning, with riot police
blocking the approaches to the building ahead of the
Armored vehicles were used to detain Said Amirov on June 1, with the official transferred to Moscow before the charges were made against him due to security concerns.
Amirov is the principle suspect in another high profile
assassination. The currently suspended head of Makhachkala’s
administration is believed to be one of the republics top
He remains in custody in Moscow on accusations of ordering the killing of an Investigative Committee employee, Arsen Gadzhibekov, back in 2011. Gadzhibekov was leading an investigation into a string of contract murders in the republic.
Amirov has been the mayor of Makhachkala, since 1998. Since the
early 1990s, the 59-year-old has survived over a dozen attempts
on his life. In one incident a bullet severed his spine, putting
him in a wheelchair.
Dagestan’s press has nicknamed Amirov ‘Bloody Roosevelt,’ linking him to a number of assassinations of local businessmen, who refused to share profits or give up lucrative companies to the mayor’s control, as well as stubborn officials and politicians, who opposed the local mafia clans.