St. Petersburg has created a petition to restore the good name of Ilyas Nikitin, pictures of which media published in connection with allegations of involvement in the terrorist attack in the subway of St. Petersburg. Corresponding address was posted on the website change.org.
“We need to restore the good name of the person to situations like at the airport Vnukovo, do not occur any longer. Also ask the Investigating Committee of the city of Nizhnevartovsk, as well as the Commission on human rights to deal with the illegal dismissal of Elias from his position,” — said in the petition. The authors also asked the media reporting on the involvement Nikitin to the attack, apologize.
At the time of publication of news of a petition signed by nearly four thousand people.
On 5 April it became known that Nikitin was fired from his job at the request of the regional Department of the Investigative Committee. A day earlier, Nikitin did not get on my flight at Vnukovo airport: the frightened passengers refused to fly with him.
After the explosion in St. Petersburg metro media published taken from the CCTV image of Nikitina — man in Muslim robes and a beard. It referred to the alleged terrorist. After the appearance of the pictures he appeared in the police and declared his innocence of the crime.
Later it became known that Nikitin was born in Bashkiria, graduated from the Ryazan higher airborne command school, which trains personnel for the airborne. Served in Chechnya, he retired with the rank of captain, converted to Islam, taking the name Ilyas. The last time the man worked as a trucker.
The explosion in the subway occurred April 3, killing 14 people. According to the Investigative Committee, the attack was committed a 22-year-old native of Kyrgyzstan Akbarjon Jalilov, in 2011 received Russian citizenship.