The jury in the retrial in the case of residents of Primorye, who had previously been convicted of the murder of police officers and became known as the “Primorsky partisans”, found the accused not guilty of the assault and murder of four inhabitants of the Kirov district of Primorsky Krai.
On Tuesday, July 19, the jury Primorye regional court went to the consultative room for verdict, one of the main episodes of the case against seaside “guerrillas”, a group of young people who, according to law enforcement, in 2010, launched several attacks and murders on police officers.
In the end, as the “Interfax”, the jury found unproven crime.
Brothers Alexander and Vadim Kovtunov, Vladimir Ilyutikov, Maxim Kirillov, Roman Savchenko and Alexey Nikitin will listen already the second verdict of the jury. The first verdict in the case of the “partisans” were announced in February 2014, the process lasted more than a year — from January 2013. Then the jury came to the conclusion that “partisans” guilty on all 11 counts of the Criminal code), which they were accused.
To court has not lived a former member of the banned in Russia national Bolshevik party (NBP), Andrei Sukhorada and Alexander Sweet: they perished on 11 June 2010 during the storming by security forces of an apartment in one of the houses in Ussuriysk, sheltering the partisans.
Young people were charged with three murders, three episodes related to the encroachment on life of law enforcement officers, four of assault and robbery. They were also accused of illegal acquisition, storage, carrying of weapons and theft of documents, the deliberate destruction of another’s property, plunder of the weapon, nine counts of theft, and stolen vehicles. Alexander Kovtun was charged in the attempted escape from prison. In August 2010, two months after his arrest, he attempted to escape from the convoy, which took him to a forensic examination.
In the end, Alexander Kovtun, as well as Nikitin and Ilyutikova sentenced to life imprisonment, Savchenko to 25 years in prison, Kirillov to 22 years, and Vadim Kovtun to eight years and two months.
In may 2015, after the guerrillas appealed the jury’s verdict, the Supreme court (SC) commuted their sentences. Alexander Kovtun and Ilyutikov after the decision of the armed forces will spend 25 years in prison, Kirillov — 19 years, and Savchenko — 24 years.
In addition to mitigation of punishment of the armed forces decided to revise in the Primorsky regional court episode connected with the murder in September 2009, four young men in a field near the village of Kirov, where are all the “partisans”. Sun felt that this episode is not proven.
This episode was the basis for law enforcement authorities to arrest and Nikitin, Vadim Kovtun, who was not involved in the attack on employees of militia together with their school friends. As follows from the materials of the case, Kovtun picked up “guerrilla” scene, and Nikitin helped bury the bodies.
According to investigators, killed on the field near Kirov young people were drug dealers, who on the day of the crime was guarding a field of hemp.
After the murder of the guerrillas buried the bodies on the same field, took the drugs and fled in a car that belonged to the victims. Later, as stated in the indictment, they burned the car to hide the evidence.
During the second process, which started in 2015 after six attempts to gather the jurors, “partisans” denied his guilt in the murder of drug dealers. Delivering his last speech on 13 July, Nikitin told the court that he understood the grief of relatives of victims who have lost their loved ones, but these people were not killed”. “I had a good job, earnings. There were two cars. Why should I go to kill people? For the sake of drugs? Have you seen my friends, you can judge my life from the photos. I ask you to weigh in. The Prosecutor is not a single proof, of a fact witness. I have everything”.
Kirillov also noted that the Prosecutor, speaking with the prosecution, has not presented any evidence that he watched the drug dealers. “To kill people for a few bags of drugs — this is an absurd version, which was not confirmed. No evidence of the fact of sale. I want you to make an informed decision. Our fate is in your hands. To be fair,” asked Kirillov to the jury.