Rus­sian sen­a­tor gets life in jail

The Pak Banker - - 6i Nternational -

MOSCOW: A for­mer Rus­sian sen­a­tor was sen­tenced to life in jail for or­der­ing mul­ti­ple killings and fi­nanc­ing a crim­i­nal group.

The Moscow City Court said Tues­day that Igor Izmestyev, a for­mer sen­a­tor and oil trader from the cen­tral re­gion of Bashkiriya, fi­nanced a mob that killed 14 peo­ple be­tween 1992 and 2004.

Judge Ye­lena Guchenkova said in tele­vised re­marks that the mob also at­tempted to blow up the son of the re­gional pres­i­dent. Izmestyev chal­lenged the pres­i­dent in an elec­tion in 2003.

The court sen­tenced four more mob­sters to up to 23 years in jail. Their so-called Kingisepp mob was known for fin­ish­ing their vic­tims off with a shot in the eye. Krem­lin crit­ics and an­a­lysts say that hun­dreds of for­mer crim­i­nals and shady busi­ness­men have be­come govern­ment of­fi­cials and law­mak­ers. -Ap

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