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article imageLeading judge with high-profile cases shot dead in Moscow

By R. C. Camphausen     Apr 12, 2010 in Crime
Moscow - Judge Eduard Chuvashov of Moscow's City Court was shot in the stairway of his apartment building by a hitherto unknown assailant who then fled the scene. Police, however, have several suspects in their sight.
"Unknown assailants shot Eduard Chuvashov dead in the entrance-way of an apartment building at 24 Strelbishchensky Street and fled," a police source was quoted by the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti and shortly afterwards by France 24. In the New York Times article, it hints that revenge was the motive, since investigators in Moscow have said the murder was likely linked to the judge’s professional activities.
Judge Chuvashov had previously (Feb 2010) sentenced nine of a skinhead gang's members for the racially motivated killings of six non-Slavic persons. These members of the White Wholves received sentences of up to 23 years in jail.
Another group, however, is also a suspect. Last week Chuvashov, working at Moscow's City Court, imposed sentences of between 10 to 20 years jail-time on teenagers known as the “Ryno Gang” who often used to attack non-Russian immigrants in the streets.
The BBC adds to this that the judge had received several death threats yet refused to have bodyguards.
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