The Rostov Region Court (south Russia) on Thursday sentenced Movldy Khasanov, a member of the Temirbulatov grouping, also known as Tractor Driver, to 15 years in prison. Khasanov was charged with first-degree murder, banditry and the illegal keeping of arms. The court found Khasanov guilty on all the three charges. An investigation revealed that Khasanov participated in the murder of Russian contract soldier Alexei Shcherbatykh. According to testimonies given at the trial, Khasanov shot at Shcherbatykh from an assault rifle after another band member cut his throat. Documents attached to the case included a video recording of the murder, made by the bandits.
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