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Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the guilty verdict for two defendants in the criminal case over the murder of 2nd Duma lawmaker Galina Starovoitova
The Supreme Court thereby turned down the lawyers' petition who asked for retrial. Last September, St. Petersburg's court found Vyacheslav Lelyavin guilty of masterminding the murder, and Pavel Stekhnovsky -- of helping acquire a firearm. Lelyavin was sentenced to 11 years in a maximum security penitentiary, and Stekhnovsky was sentenced to two years, but freed in the courtroom due to the statute of limitation. The sentences were based on a jury verdict, which found Lelyavin and Stekhnovsky guilty, but deserving lenience. The jurors also said the claim that the crime was politically motivated had not been proven. Starovoitova was gunned down overnight to November 21, 1998, in an entrance to an apartment house on Griboyedov Canal Embankment in St. Petersburg. Investigators insisted on political motives behind the crime. In 2005, a court convicted murder organizer Yuri Kolchin and one of the perpetrators, Vitaly Akishin. Igor Lelyavin, brother of Vyacheslav Lelyavin, was fully acquitted. The identity of the person who ordered the murder has not been established yet, and another three suspects, still at large, are wanted by police.
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