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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

With “seaside guerrillas” took the murder of four people

Seaside court issued a final decision on the case concerning the murder of four people in the Kirov region in 2009 – all the “partisans” are justified, two of them released. Prosecutors have appealed the verdict to the Supreme court. The Union officers believe that to avoid liability the defendant will still fail.

Primorsky regional court on Thursday on the basis of the decision of the jury acquitted all the defendants in the case of the “Primorsky partisans” in one of the episodes.

“These guys arrested again, some will overwrite the protocols, find some witnesses”

According to the verdict, five defendants acquitted in the murder of four local residents of the Kirov district in September 2009, coupled with assault and theft. Two of the defendants were released directly from the courtroom, the three remained under arrest, reports RIA “Novosti”.

By law, a verdict of acquittal by the jury is binding on the presiding officer and shall entail the resolution of them an acquittal.

After sentencing the Prosecutor’s office of Primorsky Krai reported that he had made appeals representation. “This means that the case will be further submitted to the Supreme court of Russia”, – said the Agency representative of the Supervisory authority.

It was noted that “in the view of the Prosecutor’s office will raise the question about cancellation of a sentence and sending the case for new consideration from the initial stages of the trial”. In the case of satisfaction of its arguments, the prosecution stated its intention to insist on election of a measure of restraint in form of detention and Nikitin, Vadim Kovtun, released earlier.

As you know, some years continue the trials of gang members – brothers, Alexander and Vadim Kovtun, Vladimir Ilyutikova, Maxim Kirillov, Alexey Nikitin and Roman Savchenko. The first sentence was handed down in February 2014. Alexander Kovtun, Nikitin and Ilyutikov was sentenced to life imprisonment (later Kovtun and Ilyutikova the sentence was commuted to 25 years), Savchenko was sentenced to 25 years (commuted to 24 years), Kirillov – 22 years (commuted to 19 years), Vadim Kovtun – to 8 years and two months.

During this process addressed the question of the guilt of the “Primorsky partisans” on another charge – the murder and robbery of four people, allegedly involved in the drug trade. They allegedly shot and then buried, taking with them the available drugs. According to investigators, the crimes began gang activity. However, jurors (ten women and two men) confessed that on this point the evidence base presented by the investigators was insufficient.

Two of the defendants, and Nikitin, Vadim Kovtun, and even accused of involvement only to this crime, so excuse the jury after they were released.

Doubt in the main charge – the two murders of police officers and three attacks on police officers – do not occur.

Commenting on the verdict, Chairman of trade Union of police (militia) of Primorsky Krai Dmitry Dmitriev noted that this is a reaction to the ongoing events in the region, in particular the arrest of the mayor of Vladivostok Igor Pushkarev.

“Well aware that the judge was obliged to render acquittal based on the jury’s verdict. With regard to the case, then we can think differently. To me it seems so. Security officials in order to curry favor, to get some titles, positions, caught a few people who really professed their hatred of law enforcement officers, admitted to the murders. Then just fastened two more to the gang was more. After the arrest of the mayor of Vladivostok the trust of citizens in the security forces has been undermined. Now in the local interior Ministry more tar than honey”, – said the newspaper VIEW Dmitriev.

According to him, having studied the case materials on the murder of four people, in which the defendants were acquitted, he did not find any fingerprints of the accused nor on the scene nor on the dead bodies, and was not conducted significant investigative activities – drove the suspects to the crime scene and all, but they are not told anything about how committed the crime.

Dmitriev also noted that the murder occurred in the Kirov district could be the result of clashes between local groups. Objective evidence of the involvement of the “Primorsky partisans” to this case no.

We will remind, the court over the “seaside guerrillas” began in June 2011. The process was delayed due to not being able to form a jury and also for the theft of three volumes of criminal case. Only on 4 February 2014, the jury returned a guilty verdict.

On the basis of the verdict of 28 April 2014, the Primorsky regional court sentenced the leader of a gang Alexander Kovtun and two members of a gang – Vladimir Ilyutikova and Alexei Nikitin – to life in prison.

The novel Savchenko and Maxim Kirillov to 25 and 22 years in prison, respectively. Vadim Kovtun was sentenced to 8 years and 2 months of imprisonment.

21 may, Russia’s Supreme court overturned life sentences of three convicted and sent to the review a number of episodes previously satisfied claims of victims for the sum about 10 million roubles.

A gang “seaside guerrillas” have received wide recognition in Russia after a series of high-profile killings of policemen and civilians, as well as robberies, carjackings and attacks on police stations in the far East.

Eliminated the group in June 2010 in Ussuriysk, and in the course of the capture of the “partisans” armed resistance, was wounded two policemen and two members of the gang committed suicide.

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