A court verdict is handed out to an assailant for starting a fire of an Orthodox cupola near a holy water source

March 28, 2017 – In March 2017, the regional (oblast) court of Lipetsk (Russia) has handed out a guilty verdict to a 24-year old resident of Engels (Saratov oblast), named Alexander Adrianov, and to an 18 year-old resident of Lipetsk Pavel Shavrin.

The resident of Engels is guilty under Article 115.2 b),c) of Penal Code of Russian Federation – “Intentional Infliction of Light Injury”, Article 105.2 k) Murder committed by reason of political, ideological, racial, national or religious hatred or enmity, or by reason of hatred or enmity with respect to some social group;

Article 214 – “Vandalism committed by a group of people and motivated by religious hatred”

The resident of Lipetsk oblast is being pursued under Article 111.3, a),b) – “Intentional Infliction of Grave Injury – by a group of persons under preliminary conspiracy, against two or more persons”

Article 282 – “Incitement of Hatred or Enmity, as Well as Abasement of Human Dignity”

Article 222.1 – “Illegal Acquisition, Transfer, Sale, Storage, Transportation, or Bearing of Firearms, its Basic Parts, Ammunition, Explosives, and Explosive Devices”

According to the court materials, in the evening of April 27, 2015, the defendants, “who are members of a nationalist movement”, hid their faces with a scarf, and wounded two Abdakayumov brothers on the street. On the night of June 30-July 1, they set a wooden chapel on fire, and destroyed an Orthodox cross close to a water source dedicated to the icon of the Mother of God near the Saint-Uspensky Monastery in Lipetsk.

Adrianov is also being pursued for murdering a citizen of Uzbekistan in Engels on June 20, 2015.

On the night of July 3, 2015, the underage resident of Lipetsk oblast stabbed a sleeping homeless man, Mikhail Andreev, with several thrusts. He is also being pursued for posting material on the Internet with Neo-Nazi ideology, with provocative discussions on religious themes, and inciting a conflict based on religious grounds”. Following a house search of the underage defendant’s girlfriend’s house, the police discovered materials for the creation of homemade explosives.

The accused have pleaded guilty to the accusations during the preliminary stages of the investigation.

The court has pronounced a guilty verdict for the resident of Saratov oblast, with 14 years in a maximum-security penitentiary. Adrianov’s sentence is due to begin on March 28, 2017. His sentence includes the time he already spent in jail between July 3, 2015 and March 27, 2017. He will also need to pay legal fees in the amount of 14,400 Rubles (about 240 €).

The resident of Lipetsk is sentenced to 6,5 years in a correctional penitentiary and a fine of 5,000 Rubles. His sentence is due to begin on March 28, 2017. His sentence includes the time he already spent in jail between July 3, 2015 and March 27, 2017. He will also need to reimburse his victim a damage claim of 250,000 Rubles.





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