Murdered his father, stepmother, her
parents and two friends in the family then blamed the killings on the
Was sentenced to eight years imprisonment in
According to supporters, evidence failed to show how
Alexi Polevoi could single-handedly have murdered his father, stepmother,
her parents and two friends in the family house at Louveciennes.
the victims was a former army officer turned bodyguard and the killings
appeared to be professional hit -- 15 shots fired, from three different
guns, with only one round missing its target.
On March, 1998 -- eight
years after the carnage -- investigators have been accused of turning a
blind eye to evidence of Russian mafia involvement.
Although Alexi -- who was 16 at the time of the
killings -- admitted his guilt after police found his fingerprints on
the murder weapons, he retracted his confession nine months later,
claiming that he had been forced to load the guns by a masked Russian
who had threatened to kill him, his mother, his girlfriend and his baby
sister unless he "confessed" to the crime.
However, magistrates and police maintained that Alexi
was a fantasist as well as a mass-murderer. His dream-scenario linking
the killings with the business dealings of his father - Yevgeni Polevoi,
42 - was dismissed as irrelevant by the judge ruling over the case.
Alexi, the prosecutor insisted, was motivated purely by rage against his
heavy-drinking father, who delighted in humiliating him in public. As
for the other victims, they died because they were in the wrong place at
the wrong time. The prosecution failed to take into account dad's own
fears of assassination by unscrupulous business contacts.
Mr Polevoi, a Soviet apparatchik turned entrepreneur,
was fired at in Moscow shortly before his death and again while out
hunting. Five months after the Louveciennes killings, dad's key business
associate was found dead in his Moscow office. In December 1995,
Polevoi's brother, Dmitri, who had inherited his business affairs, also
died from bullet wounds, in Belorussia.
Teenage mass murderer jailed in
March 14, 1998
A French juvenile court has convicted a Russian
teenager of murdering his father and five friends and relations and
sentenced him to eight years imprisonment.
The teenager, identified in court under French law
only as Alexi P, was 16 at the time of the killings.
Although he initially confessed to the killings, he
later retracted his statement and claimed they were the work of the
The prosecution had called for a sentence of between
18 and 20 years for Alexi, who spent three years in custody awaiting
In February 1995 Alexi called police to a house in
Louveciennes, a suburb west of Paris.
The officers discovered the bodies of six Russians -
those of his father, a wealthy businessman, his step-mother, her parents
and two family friends. Only his young half-sister was left alive.
Police said the teenager's fingerprints were on the
three weapons used.
There were gunpowder traces on his hands and before
calling the police, he smoked a cigar, drank a beer and drove into
Several months after Alexi confessed he gave
investigators a different version of events.
He said the killings were "guided" by a
mysterious hooded "man in black" seeking "a red
The mystery killer forced him to finish off his father,
he said, and warned him against talking, saying "See what we're
Defence lawyers also brought in a series of character
witnesses to testify that Alexi had a non-violent personality.
They argued that the theory of a mafia link was
strengthened after Alexi's uncle was shot dead ten months later in
The argument was dismissed by prosecutors as "fantasist".
They claimed Alexi hated his father who, though
financially generous was a violent and drunken bully.
March 14, 1998
A French court has sentenced a Russian-born teenager
to eight years in jail after finding him guilty of killing six people,
including his father, a wealthy businessman.
The nineteen-year-old who was identified only as Alexi
originally confessed the murders three years ago, but later retracted,
saying they were the work of the Russian mafia.
The prosecution had called for a much longer sentence
of eighteen to twenty years.