State prosecutors want life in prison for two suspects in Politkovskaya murder case

The prosecutors on Tuesday asked the Moscow City Court to sentence two men charged in the Politkovskaya murder case to 15 years to life in prison.

The prosecutors on Tuesday asked the Moscow City Court to sentence two men charged in the Politkovskaya murder case to 15 years to life in prison.

Specifically, the prosecutors have asked for life in prison for Lon-Ali Gaitukayev, the suspected mastermind of the crime.

The prosecutors also asked the court to sentence Rustam Makhmudov, who was found guilty of perpetrating the Politkovskaya murder by the jury, to life in prison.

The prosecutors asked the court to sentence Segrei Khadzhikurbanov, former official from the Moscow Main Interior Affairs Department, to 22 years in prison. The prosecutors also believe that brothers Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, who were found guilty of being accomplices in the crime, should be sentenced to 15 and 19 years in a high-security penal colony, respectively.

Anna Stavitskaya, a lawyer for the victims, spoke for leaving it up to the court to decide on the duration of the prison sentences. She asked for leniency for Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov.

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