Moscow court sentences man found guilty of plotting to kill Putin to 10 years in prison

The Moscow City Court has found Ilya Pyanzin guilty of plotting an assassination attempt on Vladimir Putin in 2011 and sentenced him to 10 years in a maximum security penitentiary, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courtroom.

The Moscow City Court has found Ilya Pyanzin guilty of plotting an assassination attempt on Vladimir Putin in 2011 and sentenced him to 10 years in a maximum security penitentiary, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courtroom.

The prosecutor asked the court to sentence Pyanzin to 15 years. The hearing was held behind closed doors at the defendant's request.

Pyanzin had concluded a plea agreement with the investigation and pled guilty, and so he had reasons to expect a milder sentence than is usually given for such crimes.

The investigation found earlier that Pyanzin, while visiting Ukraine in December 2011, joined a gang set up by the notorious warlord, Doku Umarov, leading the Imarat Kavkaz illegal armed group, at Adam Osmayev's and Ruslan Madayev's behest.

The gang was instructed to commit an assassination attempt on then Russian presidential candidate Vladimir Putin to put an end to his government and other political activities as revenge for Russia's anti-terrorist campaign in the North Caucasus and the restoration of constitutional order in Chechnya, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

Pyanzin was planning to set off a car bomb on the route used by Putin's motorcade, it said.

"In preparing the crime, the aforementioned individuals manufactured at least two cumulative explosive devices designed to attack armored vehicles and tested them outside Odesa," the Prosecutor General's Office said.

"In manufacturing another IED on January 4, a fire broke out. Madayev was killed and Pyanzin and Osmayev arrested by Ukrainian law enforcement agencies. Pyanzin was then transported to Russia at the prosecutors' request," it said.

Pyanzin's case was passed to the Moscow City Court last August. Osmayev's case is being handled by Odesa's Primorsky District Court.

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