A court in the Ryazan region has released 72-year-old Viktor Mokhov, dubbed in the media the “Skopin maniac”, transmits February 25, TASS with reference to the press service of the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee (IC) for the Ryazan region.
The investigative committee explained that the release of Mokhov, accused of concealing the murder, is linked to the end of the period of detention provided for by this article (up to six months of arrest or up to two years of prison. – Around RTVI). How reported RIA Novosti in the regional investigative department of the department, the investigation of this case has been completed.
In August 2022, Mokhov was placed under house arrest in the murder cover-up case, but he violated the conditions of detention. In particular, the investigation revealed that he used the Internet and communicated with the witness. In this regard, in September, the preventive measure was changed, sending Mokhov to a remand center. In February, the court extended the arrest of the “Skopin maniac” until March 1.
How writing “MK”, in reference to Ryazan law enforcement, Mokhov was released on February 23. The next day, residents of Skopin noticed him in one of the shops where he was buying food, the newspaper noted.
“As for Viktor Mokhov, he has changed his place of residence, administrative control is still established for him and a number of prohibitions apply to him, for example, participation in cultural events or communication with the media” , indicates the article.
At the same time, MK reports that during Mokhov’s stay in the remand center, his house was broken into. The publication notes that in his statement, the victim indicated that the attackers “even ripped out the radiators.” According to MK, a local resident, who is in a remand center, was arrested on suspicion of theft.
A hidden murder case
In August 2022, the Ryazan Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee announced the opening of a criminal case for concealment of the murder. According to investigators, Mokhov helped his friend hide the body of a man who died on August 2 as a result of a drunken quarrel in the house of the “Skopin maniac”. The corpse of the victim – a resident of the city of Skopino, born in 1979 – was found five days later in the courtyard of an abandoned house. Mokhov later confirmed that he helped a friend dispose of the body.
According to the media, the victim was 43-year-old Sergei Shchukin. Baza telegram channel writingthat the suspect in the murder is an acquaintance of Mokhov, Yevgeny Polishchuk. According to the channel, the murder occurred during a party dedicated to Airborne Forces Day. As reported by Baza, Mokhov accused Schukin of stealing the goose, after which Polishchuk hit him for it.
In March 2021, Viktor Mokhov left the colony where he spent almost 17 years for kidnapping two Ryazan residents. One of them was 17 at the time of the kidnapping (2000), the second was 14. For three and a half years, Mokhov kept the girls in the basement of an outbuilding near his house in Skopin, subjecting them to beatings and sexual violence. One of the victims gave birth to three children to the kidnapper. Under the terms of his release, Mokhov must be under administrative supervision for six years after leaving the colony. However, the “Skopinsky maniac” was repeatedly held responsible for the violations he committed. In particular, in the summer of 2022, the court sentenced Mokhov to 10 days of administrative arrest for being absent from his home at night. In 2021, the court sentenced him to a similar sentence for participating in the filming of a video for the Communist Party.
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