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Russia: Court convicts New Greatness participants of creating extremist organisation01:05

Russia: Court convicts New Greatness participants of creating extremist organisation

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 6, 2020 at 17:15 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Lyublinsky District Court of Moscow convicted the New Greatness participants of extremism on Thursday.

The verdict states that the accused were found guilty of "creating an extremist organisation." Ruslan Kostylenkov, Petr Karamsin, Dmitry Poletaev, Vyacheslav Kryukov, who are in custody, Anna Pavlikova, Mariya Dubovik and Maxim Roshchin, who are under house arrest, pleaded not guilty.

According to the court decision, Kostylenkov was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment, Karamsin to six and a half years and Kryukov to six years. All the other were given conditional sentences.

Arrested in March 2018 in Moscow, the alleged members of New Greatness were charged with creating an extremist organisation with plans to overthrow the constitutional order in Russia. Two of the accused later pleaded guilty. On April 29, Pavel Rebrovsky was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment. Ruslan Rustamov was given a conditional sentence.

Sergei Gavrilov, who earlier house arrest, was put on the wanted list. He was reportedly granted asylum abroad. His claims were severed into a separate case.

On October 17, two defendants, Ruslan Kostylenkov and Vyacheslav Kryukov, deliberately slit their wrists in the courthouse in protest.

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The Lyublinsky District Court of Moscow convicted the New Greatness participants of extremism on Thursday.

The verdict states that the accused were found guilty of "creating an extremist organisation." Ruslan Kostylenkov, Petr Karamsin, Dmitry Poletaev, Vyacheslav Kryukov, who are in custody, Anna Pavlikova, Mariya Dubovik and Maxim Roshchin, who are under house arrest, pleaded not guilty.

According to the court decision, Kostylenkov was sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment, Karamsin to six and a half years and Kryukov to six years. All the other were given conditional sentences.

Arrested in March 2018 in Moscow, the alleged members of New Greatness were charged with creating an extremist organisation with plans to overthrow the constitutional order in Russia. Two of the accused later pleaded guilty. On April 29, Pavel Rebrovsky was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment. Ruslan Rustamov was given a conditional sentence.

Sergei Gavrilov, who earlier house arrest, was put on the wanted list. He was reportedly granted asylum abroad. His claims were severed into a separate case.

On October 17, two defendants, Ruslan Kostylenkov and Vyacheslav Kryukov, deliberately slit their wrists in the courthouse in protest.

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