‘ Russia and France May Sign an Act on Transferring French-Built Mistral War Ship ‘

AceWorldNews – KRASNOARMEISK – September 30 – Russia and France may sign an act on transferring first French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ship to Russia in late October or early November, Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, said Tuesday (RIA Novosti) reported.  

“If France fulfills its obligations, then the transfer act will be signed in late October or early November,” Sevastyanov said.

Earlier on September 25, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the delivery of the Mistral helicopter carriers was expected as scheduled, with the first one, the Vladivostok, arriving this fall.

The second ship, the Sevastopol, is expected in 2015.

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` Primorsky Territorial Court has Sentenced Crime Lord of Kirovka Gang Alexander Kovtun to Life in Prison ‘

#AceWorldNews – VLADIVOSTOK – April 28 – The Primorsky territorial court has sentenced crime lord of a local far eastern “Kirovka gang” Alexander Kovtun to life in prison at a high-security penitentiary on Monday.

Six defendants in the so-called Primorye guerillas case, accused of robberies and murders, made their final statements at the regional court in Russia’s Far East on April 3.

Earlier, the defendants — Alexander Kovtun, Vadim Kovtun, Roman Savchenko, Maxim Kirillov, Vladimir Ilyutikov and Alexei Nikitin — made statements before the jurors who had found them guilty.

Ilyutikov and Nikitin were also sentenced to life in prison.

Russian News and Media Sources

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` Six Defendants in the ` Primorye Guerillas ‘ case `Accused of Robbery and Murder’ will make Final Statements ‘

#AceWorldNews – VLADIVOSTOK – March 27 – Six defendants in the so-called Primorye guerillas case, accused of robberies and murders, will make their final statements at the regional court in Russia’s Far East on April 3.

Earlier, the defendants — Alexander Kovtun, Vadim Kovtun, Roman Savchenko, Maxim Kirillov, Vladimir Ilyutikov and Alexei Nikitin — made statements before the jurors who had found them guilty.


The trial lasted almost 18 months.

At the Thursday hearing, Vadim Kovtun and Alexei Nikitin reiterated their position insisting on their innocence.

Their lawyers pointed out at numerous contradictions and inaccuracies in the answers of the jurors who had passed a guilty verdict on February 4.

The defendants were found guilty of all the main episodes of crimes, including three murders.

The investigators said gang members committed several thefts and attacks in small settlements of the Primorye Territory in the spring of 2010.

They stole cars, money and hunting rifles.

The prosecutors said the gang had attacked police several times, killing two and wounding several others.

Regional authorities launched a sweeping manhunt. The gang’s whereabouts were established on June 11, 2010. The gunmen offered armed resistance wounding two policemen.

Two gang members committed suicide as police were storming the gang’s hideout.

Prosecution demanded life imprisonment for Alexander Kovtun, who the jurors said had set up the gang, as well as for Alexei Nikitin and Vladimir Ilyutikov, who had taken part in all the gang’s crimes.

Vadim Kovtun should be sentenced to 15 years in a maximum security prison, Maxim Kirillov to 22 years and Roman Savchenko to 25 years, the prosecutor said.

Russian News Sources

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