Friends in High Places

Did Mikhail Khachatu­ryan have friends high up in Moscow’s po­lice force? peo­ple with power that were will­ing to cover up his mafia in­volve­ment?

Real Crime - - The Khachaturyan Sisters -

Read­ing the Rus­sian me­dia on the Khachatu­ryan case it is as­ton­ish­ing how of­ten the daugh­ters’ al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual and phys­i­cal abuse by their fa­ther are dis­missed. The al­le­ga­tions of his in­volve­ment with the city’s mafia were also largely dis­missed in on­line fo­rums and dis­cus­sions. Most cru­cially, the po­lice them­selves seemed to re­ject the idea of any crim­i­nal in­volve­ment by Mikhail Khachatu­ryan ( con­ve­niently ig­nor­ing the heroin and weapons found in the boot of his Audi SUV) stat­ing that, “In the pe­riod from Au­gust 2002 the po­lice have not re­ceived a sin­gle state­ment about the un­law­ful ac­tions of Khachatu­ryan.” A pic­ture of Mikhail Khachatu­ryan with the ex- head of the In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment of the Fed­eral Ser­vice for Drug Con­trol has dis­ap­peared.

The Khachatu­ryan sis­ters say that their fa­ther had close ties with the po­lice and that there are no com­plaints filed against him be­cause cor­rupt of­fi­cers linked to Mikhail Khachatu­ryan would never ac­cept any com­plaints.

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