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:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Ebola Outbreak

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Neclear Restart

Neclear Restart

Japan's Sendai nuclear restart in final stage: local governor.  Full Article 

Fight Unites

Fight Unites

Kurds' battle for Kobani unites a people divided by borders.  Full Article 

Railway Revamp

Railway Revamp

China to spend at least $33 bln on new railway lines.  Full Article 

Controversial Remark

Controversial Remark

Thousands denounce HSBC board member's likening of Hong Kong people to freed slaves.  Full Article 

Apple's Cook signals front line of new gay rights battle

Cook Speaks Up

Apple's Cook signals front line of new gay rights battle.  Full Article 

Gas Deal

Gas Deal

Ukraine, Russia, EU agree to natural gas supply deal.  Full Article 

Jerusalem Tensions

Jerusalem Tensions

Kerry urges restraint, expresses worry over tensions in Jerusalem.  Full Article 

Myanmar Roundtable

Myanmar Roundtable

Obama urges progress in Myanmar ahead of rare roundtable.  Full Article 

Active Volcano

Active Volcano

National Guard arrives in Hawaii town threatened by lava.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

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