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Arrest Warrant Issued for Elusive Duma Candidate

Published: September 8, 2000 (Issue # 601)


One of the 12 candidates who have registered to run for a vacant State Duma slot in St. Petersburg now looks to be on the run from the law, as federal prosecutors this week issued a warrant for his arrest.

Mikhail Zhivilo, a Moscow-based businessman who owns the MIKOM metallurgical investment company, is being sought by the Prosecutor General's Office for his alleged involvement in an assassination attempt on the governor of the Kemerovo region, Aman Tuleyev, which the FSB said it had foiled in June.

"We have enough reason to suspect Zhivilo as having organized the assassination attempt against Tuleyev," said Boris Skopin, a spokesman for the FSB in Novosibirsk, in a telephone interview Thursday.

Zhivilo, however - who along with his brother Yury, MIKOM vice president, was one of the first candidates to be officially registered for district No. 209 - is still at large, with a number of local media reports speculating that he may have fled abroad.

Galina Zelyanina, a member of district No. 209's electoral committee, said that although candidates and their representatives are not generally obliged to let the committee know about their current activities, no committee members had seen or heard from Zhivilo or his brother since Aug. 3, when they registered.

"We have not been informed by [the Prosecutor General's Office] of the arrest warrant out on Zhivilo," she said. "But we don't know if he has even arranged meetings with voters since [registering]."

Yury Zhivilo is not considered a suspect in the case, said Skopin.

Federal prosecutors were effectively giving their backing on Wednesday to an initial arrest warrant issued Sept. 1 by their counterparts in Novosibirsk, thus bypassing the legal immunity Zhivilo acquired when he registered as a candidate.

Skopin said that Novosibirsk investigators, who opened the case in June, had initially considered Zhivilo as a "valuable witness" in the assassination case. Zhivilo was repeatedly summoned to give his testimony, but failed to show up.

Following several unsuccessful attempts to find Zhivilo at his permanent residence in Moscow, detectives then made him an actual suspect.

In early August, FSB agents from Novosibirsk came to the capital to search MIKOM's offices. The FSB took away a number of company documents.

Zhivilo had had several disputes with Tuleyev over a number of metallurgical plants in the Kemerovo region, located in Western Siberia, as well as general strategies in Russia's aluminum market.

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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