January 12, Ukrainian Police detained a group of killers suspected of killing Donbas veteran Amina Okueva. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov reported it on his Facebook. According to him, the detainee’s DNA coincided with the DNA on the weapons thrown at the site of the murder of Okueva.
At the same time, the prosecutor's office noted that the detainees have conducted another two contract murders, committed in September 2016 and in January 2019.
We will talk about the details of the detention.
Murder: brief facts
The murder of Okueva occurred on the evening of October 30, 2017. A car of Okueva and her husband Adam Osmaev was shelled near the village of Hlevakha, near Kyiv.
Okueva received five bullet wounds, including headshots, and Osmayev was wounded in the leg.
The criminals threw weapons on the spot.
Who is Amina Okueva?
Amina Okueva was born on June 5, 1983, in Odesa. At birth, she was given the name Anastasia. According to Okueva, her father was a Chechen, but he died a long time ago and she did not know him.
At the age of 17, Okueva married a Chechen and converted to Islam, participated in the Second Chechen War on the side of Ichkeria.
In 2003, she returned to Ukraine and entered the Odesa National Medical University. After graduation, she worked as an intern in a city clinical hospital.
Participated in Euromaidan, and later in Donbas war, including in the fighting in Debaltseve.
Who is Adam Osmaev?
Okueva’s husband is also a Donbas veteran. After the death of Isa Munaev replaced him as commander of the battalion named after Dzhokhar Dudaev.
In 2012, he was detained in Odesa on suspicion of organizing an assassination attempt on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Details of the detention of murder suspects
In addition to reports of the detention of a group of suspects, the Interior Minister also posted a video.
The video shows the process of detaining one of the suspects.
In addition, on the same day, January 12, head of the National Police Ihor Klymenko announced that the detainee, whom minister Avakov spoke about, is the alleged organizer of the murder of Okueva.
He also confirmed that other members of a group of seven were currently detained.
"The group consisted of seven people, some of whom were suspected of two murders in September 2019. Today, investigators detained the organizer of the assassination of Amina Okueva and attempted murder of her husband Adam. The detained man is also a member of this criminal group," Klymenko noted.
The police are checking the involvement of the group in other crimes.
What do we know about the detainee?
The police have not yet revealed the identity of the detainee. However, the media have already put forward their versions.
According to the Strana.ua outlet, the detainee is a citizen of Ukraine born in 1964, Ihor Redkin.
He is now going along with accomplices in another criminal proceeding, and during the investigation, it turned out that his DNA coincided with the DNA left on the weapon from which Okueva was killed.
Redkin and members of his group, according to the publication, are suspected of two murders. We are talking about the murder in 2016 of the head of Caparol Ukraine Pavlo Zmozhny and the murder of the head of the advertising and rental department of the Kyiv metro Pavlo Milenky.
January 13, law enforcement officers held a briefing.
"Yesterday we had a suspect, organizer, an accomplice in the commission of this murder. He is reasonably suspected, now he is being suspected of having committed this crime," Andriy Nebytov, head of the National Police in the Kyiv region, said.
At the same time, at a briefing, it was reported that the suspect does not admit his guilt.
Nebytov also stated that the investigation believes that Okueva’s murder could have been ordered.