Russian gangster Sergei Tsapok, the leader of a criminal gang in the town of Kushchevskaya, was sentenced to life imprisonment. Two of his accomplices will also spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
The town of Kushchevskaya became known for the whole country in 2010, when 12 bodies with stab wounds were found in in the beginning of November in a privately-owned house. As it was revealed later, the victims were the owner of the house, farmer Akhmetov and his family, as well as two neighbors and guests from Rostov-on-Don.
As part of the investigation, eight people were arrested, including Sergei Tsapok. His gang killed 19 people in the town of Kushchevskaya from 1998 to 2010.
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign