20 Dec 2018 12:55

Man who took part in killing antifascist protestor Kacharava in St. Petersburg gets 1.5 years

ST. PETERSBURG. Dec 20 (Interfax) - St. Petersburg's Smolninsky District Court has sentenced Alexander Zenin, who was prosecuted over the 2005 killing of antifascist student Timur Kacharava after being on the run for 11 years.

"Alexander Zenin pleaded guilty, and the case was heard in accordance with special proceedings. The court sentenced Zenin to 1.5 years in a general-security penal colony in accordance with Item A of Part 2 of Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code (in the edition of Federal Law 162-FZ of December 8, 2003),"the unified press service for St. Petersburg courts said on Wednesday.

The court found that Zenin met with acquaintances near St. Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral on November 13, 2015, followed participants in an antifascist rally on Malaya Konyushennaya Street, and attacked Kacharava and Maxim Zgibai in the evening. Zenin kicked Kacharava in the head once, and his acquaintance Alexander Shabalin stabbed Kacharava with a knife several times, killing him. The court found that Zenin did not know of any intent to murder. The incident was ruled to be an accident caused by the perpetrator.

Kacharava died on the scene of numerous neck injuries. Zgibai was hospitalized in serious condition with a head injury and a chest injury.

Zenin, 33, was detained in late February 2018 near 61 Proletarskaya Street in the settlement of Pesochnoye in the Kurortny district after 11 years of being sought on suspicion of murder and inciting hatred and enmity.

In summer 2007, the court sentenced Shabalin to 12 years in a penal colony for extremism and killing Kacharava. Six other men implicated in the case, who were charged with inciting hatred and enmity, were sentenced to two to three years in prison, and three of them received suspended sentences. Another person implicated in the case was declared wanted. The investigators did not release his name.