Khabib Speaks On Behalf Of Oligarch Standing Trial

After making a plea to Russian President Vladimir Putin at UFC 223, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has continued to campaign for the release of Ziyavudin Magomedov, an oligarch arrested on embezzlement and organized crime charges.

According to Magomedov’s lawyers, Nurmagomedov joined a list that included 22 Olympic champions and hockey players, who have vouched for the oligarch following his arrest in March.

”Ziyavudin Gajiyevich is a person with an impeccable reputation,” said the oligarch’s lawyer Viktoria Tsilyurik. “Many famous people, including the Olympic champions, asked to accept the guarantee of defendant’s appearance with criminal responsibility for nonappearance.”

Magomedov was arrested along with his brother and co-owner, Magomed Magomedov, and charged with the “organization of a criminal community,” fraud, and the embezzlement of over 2 billion rubles. The judge rejected an offer from the oligarch to pay a $35 million bail bond, and will be detained until May 30th. Magomedov’s legal team plans to appeal the court’s decision. If deemed guilty, Magomedov could face up to twenty years in prison.

An investigation is also being made to see if Magomedov embezzled money during the construction to build the stadium for this summer’s World Cup/

While Magomedov’s was supposed to be released on May 30th, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow has extended his stay until August, also seizing property and freezing he and his brother’s bank accounts.

Magomedov established ‘Eagles MMA,’ a fight club and training facility, which has Nurmagomedov as its president.

Magomedov, who is estimated to be worth $1.4 billion, has  funded the majority of Khabib’s expenses during training camp, including a back surgery.

”Our elder brother, co-owner of our team Ziyavudin Magomedov, is in a difficult situation,” Khabib said in Russian during the UFC 223 PPV. “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.”

Original Story: Bloody Elbow

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