Yuriy Shutov – an early assistant in Anatoly Sobchak’s administration of Sankt-Petersburg who was fired after accusing the mayor’s office of corruption. See book by Shutov: “the Sobchak’s heart”.
Shutov was accused of contract murders, of being head of “several gangs in the same time” (as a Sankt-Petersburg TV put it in 2019) and sentenced to life imprisonment amid a public support campaign. Shutov died in Russian penal colony in 2015.
On September 14, 2010, an application No. 20922/08 has been communicated to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Mr. Shutov alleged that sentencing him to lifetime imprisonment while he was not present in the courtroom amounts to inhuman treatment.
This is to remind who accused Shutov of banditry: Former Ministry of Interior’s officer Roman Tsepov, co-founder, with Victor Zolotov, of security company called Baltik-Eskort. A convicted criminal Ruslan Koliak. Finally, former State Douma deputy and also Soviet and Russian journalist Alexander Nevzorov also accused Shutov of attempt on his life (see mentions of Nevzorov by Marina Salye; in the Spanish criminal case of Tambov gang).