Khabib Asks Putin To Help Oligarch
During Khabib Nurmagomedov’s post-fight interview, the new UFC lightweight champion appealed to Russian president Vladimir Putin to provide help to Ziyavudin Magomedov, who was arrested last week on embezzlement and organized crime charges.
”Our elder brother, co-owner of our team Ziyavudin Magomedov, is in a difficult situation,” Khabib said in Russian during UFC 223.
“He was very helpful to me and other athletes from Russia. Now he has problems, but I want him to know that we, the athletes, are praying for him. I believe that this situation will soon be resolved. I hope that our leader Vladimir Putin will help him. I want to congratulate him on the victory in the last election.”
Per Bloody Elbow, Magomedov was arrested on March 31st on charges of embezzling over 2 billion rubles ($35 million +), fraud, and the “organization of a criminal community.” Magomedov has been under investigation on whether he embezzled money during the construction of a World Cup stadium in Kaliningrad, which his Summa Group company won the rights to build in 2014. He was denied bail and his awaiting his upcoming trial on May 30. If found guilty, Magomedov could face up to 20 years in prison.
Magomedov, whose wealth is estimated at $1.4 billion, financially supports several fighters, including Nurmagomedov, including his back surgery in 2017.
Nurmagomedov did not want to translate most of his message into English, but would tell Joe Rogan that, “it is a little bit hard for me. I talk about my big brother, Ziyavudin Magomedov. I want to wish him good luck.”
Original Story: Bloody Elbow