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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ex-Dagestani Politician and Wife Slain

Itar-TassSharaputdin Musayev dabbled in everything from politics to raising minks.
A former Dagestani politician who raised minks and dabbled in boxing was found dead in his Moscow apartment along with his common-law wife in what investigators believe was a contract killing.

The bodies of Sharaputdin Musayev, 47, and his wife, Irina Krupskaya, 28, were discovered by Musayev's bodyguards at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Musayev's apartment on Ulitsa Bolshaya Polyanka in central Moscow, according to media reports. Both had been shot.

Musayev, a one-time Dagestani presidential candidate and the reputed head of a crime group, went to the apartment with Krupskaya and a friend after dining at a restaurant on Saturday night, Vremya Novostei reported. The friend, whom police identified only by his last name, Magomadov, was to travel by train to the Dagestani capital, Makhachkala, a few hours later, the newspaper said.

Musayev's bodyguards were waiting for Magomadov in the building's stairwell to take him to the train station. But when he did not meet them at the arranged time, they checked the apartment and found the bodies, Vremya Novostei said.

Magomadov had vanished, and his whereabouts remained unclear Wednesday.

Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported Wednesday that Magomadov is a brother-in-law of Khattab, the late warlord and devout Wahhabi. The newspaper, citing people close to Musayev, said Magomadov befriended Musayev about a year ago, telling him he had renounced Wahhabism, a strict form of Islam, and wanted to fight extremism in Dagestan.

Gazeta reported that Sunday's killings bore the hallmarks of a contract hit, including the type of ammunition discovered at the crime scene. Police found two shells from highly specialized weapons: a self-loading pistol and a ballistic knife that can fire one bullet from its handle, the newspaper said, citing investigators. The knives are often used by federal commandos.

A spokesman for the city prosecutor's office, which is overseeing the investigation, declined to discuss the killings, citing the ongoing investigation.

Musayev escaped an attempt on his life in December 2000 when unidentified assailants fired on his car in central Makhachkala. Musayev, who at the time was a deputy in the Dagestani parliament, was not harmed, but two bodyguards suffered injuries.

In January 2004, Musayev's brother Bagautdin, nicknamed "King Kong" for his large physique, was shot at by assailants wearing camouflage and masks while driving with his 3-year-old son, Rashid. Bagautdin Musayev and his son were not injured.

City Crime Statistics
April 13 - April 19
Theft (total)936304
Apartment burglaries18710
Car theft4925
For the Record
Car accidents223
    a) killed16
    b) injured240
Public drunkenness4,503
    a) detained overnight1,181
Missing persons54
Bodies discovered80
Source: Moscow police

Sharaputdin Musayev, a former high-school math teacher, tried his hand at a number of professions over the past 20 years. He began raising minks in the 1980s and made a fortune dealing in fur. A boxing enthusiast, he later became the president of Dagestan's boxing federation. In June 1998, Musayev ran against Dagestani leader Magomedali Magomedov but garnered only 78 votes from the republic's State Council compared to Magomedov's 162.

Musayev had numerous foes in Dagestan, including Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov, who had publicly accused Musayev of plotting to kill him. Amirov blamed Musayev for an attack that killed 19 people and wounded more than 60 in Makhachkala in September 1998.

Also in 1998, Musayev, who then headed Dagestan's pension fund, was accused of stealing about 43 million rubles from the fund. He was later cleared of wrongdoing.

Musayev eventually moved to Moscow, although it is unclear exactly when he arrived or what he was doing here.

"He has not had any political influence in Dagestan for several years," Magomed-Zagid Varisov, a political analyst, said by telephone from Makhachkala.

He said it was difficult to speculate on who might have wanted Musayev dead. "All of his conflicts were basically well-known, so I don't think it was connected with any of them," he said. "And politically, he certainly wasn't a threat to anyone."