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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

4 Will Go on Trial in Attempt to Kill Duma Deputy in 2001

Four men will go on trial next week for the attempted murder of State Duma Deputy Bashir Kodzoyev in central Moscow six years ago, the Moscow City Court said Wednesday.

The trial of St. Petersburg businessman Oleg Makovoz and three other men charged with trying to kill Kodzoyev will begin Tuesday, court spokeswoman Anna Usachyova told Interfax.

Makovoz has been charged with ordering a 2001 contract hit on Kodzoyev, a United Russia Duma deputy from the republic of Ingushetia.

Attackers opened fire on Kodzoyev's car from the third floor of a building on Zvonarsky Pereulok, near the Kuznetsky Most metro station, in March 2001. His driver died of gunshot wounds. Kodzoyev was shot in the back, chest and right arm, but no vital organs were hit.

Makovoz will be tried together with Alexander Avdeyev, Denis Dolgushin and Nikolai Seredin, whom prosecutors say Makovoz hired to carry out the hit.

If convicted, they could face life in prison.

Dolgushin cooperated with prosecutors after he was arrested in 2004 and named Makovoz as the organizer, Kommersant reported Wednesday. Dolgushin told investigators that Makovoz targeted Kodzoyev because of the deputy's attempts to battle an organized crime group in the Irkutsk region to which Makovoz belonged, it said.

At the time of the attack, Kodzoyev was serving as deputy chairman of a Duma committee dealing with problems in Far North regions, including Irkutsk, where Kodzoyev's family settled in the mid-1980s and where he has had several brushes with the law.