The former head of security service of Yukos, Alexei Pichugin, 2007
Photo: Yury Mashkov/TASS
The Kremlin has reviewed the petition from the mother of the former head of Department of internal economic security of YUKOS Aleksei Pichugin, who asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon her son
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin knows about publishing with a request to pardon the former employee of security service of Yukos, Alexei Pichugin, reports “Interfax”.
“We know that such an appeal published in a newspaper”, — said Peskov. However, he added that while he could not say how the Kremlin reacted to this petition.
Informed mother Pichugin addressed an open letter to Vladimir Putin through the “Novaya Gazeta”. In her address she emphasized that her son “did not play and isn’t playing any political games” and is “a very private public man who was not going and not going with anyone to fight and sue”.
Alla Pichugina noticed that her son did not allow family visits, and “just talking through the glass twice a year.” She also recalled that a petition for clemency, written by her son to the President, was rejected.
“It is high time to return home, to reunite with family. Please have mercy on my son!” — said in the letter to Putin.
Sentenced to life imprisonment on charges in a series of murders and assassinations, Alexei Pichugin filed a petition for clemency to the President in the fall of 2015. In June it became known that he had refused. His lawyer Ksenia Kostromina told RBC that the exemption document was signed by the Governor of the Orenburg region Yuri Berg, in which the colony “Black Dolphin”, where he was serving a sentence Pichugin. Motives which was the reason for refusal, the document does not contain, the lawyer said.
In July Pichugin was transferred from prison to the detention center “Lefortovo”. There he was interrogated by the FSB. As reported then the source TASS, the investigative actions were carried out in the case of the murder of Nefteyugansk mayor Vladimir Petukhov. It Pichugin was convicted in 2007. Thus then in the course of the trial was not considered a possible link with the murder of former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
In December 2015, Khodorkovsky was charged in absentia charges in the murder of Petukhov. The consequence considers that in 1998-1999, he instructed his subordinates Leonid Nevzlin and Alexey Pichugin and others the murder of the mayor of Nefteyugansk.