Russia 2007 train bombers sentenced to jail

NOVGOROD, Russia Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:21pm IST

Related Topics

NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Two men from Russia's turbulent Ingushetia region were sentenced to four and 10 years in prison on Friday over the 2007 bombing of an express train linking the country's two major cities, which injured 30 people.

The bomb derailed the Nevsky Express on Aug 13, 2007, half-way along the popular Moscow-St Petersburg route, near the city of Novgorod about 540 km (335 miles) northwest of the capital.

Prosecutors said the mastermind of the 2007 attack, Salambek Dzakhkiev, was given 10 years for "banditry", while Maksharip Khidriev received four years for "transporting explosives".

Arrested and jailed on suspicion of taking part in the bombing in October 2007, they were acquitted on Friday of the original charges of "terrorism". Those who actually carried out the attack are still at large.

Dzakhkiev and Khidriev, who are both 41, denied any involvement in the bombing.

On hearing the verdict, grey-haired Dzakhkiev cursed at prosecutors before saying: "Why sentence people to 10 years in a prison when they're not even guilty?"

Unconfirmed media reports say the man who ordered the attack was Pavel Kosolapov, an active member of the insurgency, which aims to create a pan-Caucasus, sharia-based Muslim state independent from Russia.

The Nevsky was also blown up in November 2009, killing 26 and injuring 100, in an attack claimed by Chechen rebels who form part of an Islamist insurgency simmering along Russia's south in the North Caucasus region that includes Ingushetia.

The beginning of the year has seen little let-up in violence in the North Caucasus, which Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has named the country's biggest domestic political problem.

Last week the Kremlin chief vowed to mercilessly eliminate "bandits" in the North Caucasus after a suicide bomber rammed a truck full of explosives into a police station, killing at least seven and wounding dozens.

(Writing by Amie Ferris-Rotman, editing by Peter Millership)

FILED UNDER:

WORLD NEWS

A relative of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who was captured by Islamic State after his plane crashed in northeastern Syria in December during a bombing mission against them, holds a picture of him at the family's headquarters in the city of Karak January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Abdo

Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State as deadline passes

Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset.  Full Article 

Reuters Showcase

MH370 an "Accident"

MH370 an "Accident"

Malaysia declares MH370 an "accident", airline to proceed with compensation.  Full Article 

Uber Case

Uber Case

Delhi Uber passenger who alleges driver rape sues in U.S.  Full Article 

Vodafone Tax Issue

Vodafone Tax Issue

India's Vodafone decision eases tax worries for Shell, others  Full Article 

Hostage Crisis

Hostage Crisis

Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State as deadline passes.  Full Article 

Cricket World Cup

Cricket World Cup

Batting holds key for team India in World Cup  Full Article 

Egypt Attack

Egypt Attack

Islamic State's Egypt wing claims attacks that killed 27 - official Twitter.  Full Article 

Afghanistan Violence

Afghanistan Violence

Three U.S. contractors killed in "insider attack" in Afghan capital.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device  Full Coverage