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Two Chechen militants from the Shamil Basayev-led gang have been sentenced to long prison terms
Two Chechen militants from the Shamil Basayev-led gang, who in the summer of 1995 participated in the hit-and-run raid on the southern Russian town of Budyonnovsk, have been sentenced to long prison terms. The Stavropol territorial court sentenced Rizvan Minkailov and Magomed Taimaskhanov to 11 and 12 years in jail respectively. Both will be serving the prison terms in an ordinary penitentiary. The court said there was sufficient evidence both militants had displayed exceptional brutality during the Budyonnovsk raid. The two men were arrested in Chechnya in 2005. Shamil Basayev’s gang raided Budyonnovsk in broad daylight on a summer day almost eleven years ago to have seized a local hospital and keep 1,800 hostages there for six days and nights. One hundred and forty seven people were killed and over 500 others injured. The Stavropol territorial court has also completed hearings on the case of another militant from the same gang, Nur-Magomed Khatuyev, arrested in Belarus a year ago and extradited to Russia. A sentence will be passed on Khatuyev on May 22. During court hearings it was established that Khatuyev had carried forged documents of a high quality that allowed him to repeatedly travel to Turkey and a number of other countries. He was detained in the Belarussian capital Minsk as soon as he disembarked a plane at the local airport.
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