Former world champion shot and killed a Rosgvardia fighter in a Russian nightclub in 2018: the court's verdict is now announced
Shakhban Machiyev, a world champion in hand-to-hand combat, has been sentenced in absentia to 15 years for the murder of a Russian policeman in Dagestan, R-Sport reports. The incident occurred on November 18, 2018, in a Makhachkala nightclub where the law enforcement officer went to hang out with friends.
At the entrance to the nightclub, he saw the showdown and decided to intervene.
As the press reported at the time, the negotiations ended badly: Machiyev decided not to bother with a fight this time but took out his weapon and started shooting.
The lieutenant fired back. Shahban was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh. The soldier died on the spot.
Shakhban became a world champion in combat sambo in 2006. He was a five-time republican champion in wushu-sanda and a two-time CIS champion in hand-to-hand combat.
In March 2021, Machiyev was acquitted on the basis of a jury verdict, but a higher court overturned the acquittal and sent the case for a new trial. The defendant disappeared outside of Russia and was put on the international wanted list.