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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jailed Chubais Suspect Protests

APSuspect Vladimir Kvachkov seen in the Russian film "Black Shark."
A retired military intelligence colonel detained as the main suspect for last week's attack on Anatoly Chubais maintains he is innocent, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Lawyer Vladimir Levin said his client, Vladimir Kvachkov, 57, was being illegally detained and has appealed a court ruling authorizing he be held until March 28 for questioning. No charges have yet been filed.

Police detained Kvachkov within hours of Thursday's roadside ambush after they tracked down a possible getaway car to his Moscow apartment. Kvachkov is a decorated veteran of the Afghan war who has worked as an actor. Investigators describe him as an explosives expert.

Chubais, the target of the attack and the head of Unified Energy Systems, has said he knows who ordered the attempt on his life and has informed the authorities.

Some observers have suggested that powerful business enemies who are losing out from the planned restructuring of UES targeted Chubais. Investigators say the assailants appeared to have deliberately spared his life in what was an attempt to intimidate him. Another theory focuses on Chubais' role as a leading liberal opposition politician in advance of parliamentary and presidential elections in 2007 and 2008, respectively.