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The Ex-colonel's Case
June 14, 2011 14:06

 Russian Army ex-colonel Yuri Budanov was shot dead this Friday. There were six shots made by unknown person, four of them struck Budanov in the head. 

 Budanov was shot on Friday, on Komsomolski prospekt. The killer escaped in a white Mitsubishi Lancer car that was found burned a little bit later not far from the crime scene. A witness say the driver of killer's car had a Slavic appearance. Investigators are already watching records from outdoor cameras and have found the pistol with a silencer. 
The police investigators suppose that the attack was carefully planned and they they consider blood revenge as one of the likely motives. In 2000 Budanov was convicted of kidnapping and a murder of a Chechen girl. Despite the conviction, he had a support of Russian households, at the same time he was hated in Chechnya. 
In the evening of March, 26, 2000, Yuri Budanov, who was the tank commander in second Chechen campaign and the Chief of Staff Ivan Fedorov were celebrating the birth of his daughter. Drunken Fedorov ordered to get in three combat vehicles and fire in a nearby houses. The Lieutenant Bagreev refused to obey an order of drunken chief and he was beaten by Budanov and Fedorov. 
At 1:00 AM Budanov went to the village of Tangi on a infantry fighting vehicle. Together with the sergeant Grigoriev and Lee Yong-show he burst into Kungaev family's house. Elsa Kungaeva and her minor sisters and brothers were there. Budanov ordered to wrap Elsa in a blanket and take her to the vehicle. They took the girl to the military unit and Budanov, who suspected Elsa in having links with militants and believed that her mother was a sniper, started to beat the girl, trying to get any information about Chechen criminals. At the end, colonel strangled the victim and ordered to bury the body secretly. 
The ex-colonel Budanov had been accused of raping the girl, but then Alexander Egorov, common soldier, was convicted on this article. He took the blame. Subsequently, Egorov was pardoned and said that he had incriminated himself at the request of the prosecutor. 
The very next day after the massacre of Kungaeva, the commander of the group Maj. Gen. Valery Gerasimov met with Budanov, who wrote a statement of surrenders. Budanov was immediately arrested. The relatives of Kungaeva secured Budanov's conviction only three years later. 
In relation to the case of Kungayeva, Budanov was charged with three crimes: kidnapping resulting in death, abuse of office accompanied by violence with serious consequences, and murder of an abductee, according to Wikipedia. 
Yuri Budanov was jailed for 10 years. In December 2008, a court in the south Russian Ulyanovsk Oblast granted a petition for early release. After eight years in prison, he was released on parole on 15 January 2009. His release caused outrage in Chechnya. There is a tradition of  "blood feuds" in Chechnya —  victims' relatives take revenge for the dead, but Elsa's father, Visa Kungayev, denied his involvement. He added, that the well-deserved killing wasn't masterminded by Chechens. "A dog deserves a dog's death, that's what I think," he said. 



Author: Ksenia Dzhalagonia

Tags: Russian people Ulyanovsk Oblast    

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