The jury found the former head of the Ramensky district of the Moscow region, Andrei Kulakov, not guilty of the murder of the deputy chairman of the local Public Chamber, Yevgenia Isaenkova, who was in close relations with him. From the moment of the announcement of the verdict, Kulakov is considered acquitted, in connection with which he was released from custody in the courtroom, reported Interfax at the Podolsk City Court of the Moscow Region.
On November 15, the Podolsk City Court will discuss the consequences of the verdict and “an acquittal will be passed,” says Kulakova’s lawyer.
Kulakov was charged with Part 1 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (murder). According to the investigation, on the night of May 2, 2019, Kulakov beat and strangled 39-year-old Isaenkova in the passenger compartment of a Mercedes car in a forest belt on the outskirts of Ramenskoye, to whom he “experienced personal hostility,” and then disappeared.
A month later, a murder suspect was arrested. From the testimony of Kulakov it followed that he was in love with Isaenkova.
A possible motive for the murder could have been Isaenkova’s threats to tell Kulakov’s legal wife about the extramarital affair. Also, acquaintances of the deceased said that she had other boyfriends, so jealousy could be the reason for the reprisal.
Investigators believe that after the murder, Kulakov came to the apartment that Isaenkova rented for intimate meetings, and destroyed the evidence that was there. However, during the inspection of the apartment, law enforcement officers found a towel with a brown stain. In the kitchen, with the help of special equipment, a glow typical for traces of blood was revealed.
As Natalya Goryacheva, a senior forensic investigator of the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Moscow Region, told the court, biological traces of unidentified men were found on the victim’s underwear and larynx. Whether they belonged to the accused Kulakov, the expert could not say, citing a lack of material, wrote “Moscow’s comsomolets”. On one of Isaenkova’s neckerchiefs found in the car, traces similar to the prints of Kulakov and at least one other unknown were found.