Juror in the case of Russian nationalist Goryachev disappears
MOSCOW, July 8 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Moscow City Court has suspended the trial of Ilya Goryachev, an alleged leader of the Military Organization of Russian Nationalists (BORN), over the disappearance of a juror, attorney Nikolai Polozov told RAPSI on Wednesday.
The juror “left his home for the trial but never reached the court. The trial has been suspended. Three other jurors had already withdrawn from the trial,” Polozov said.
According to investigators, nationalists Ilya Goryachev and Nikita Tikhonov created the Military Organization of Russian Nationalists (BORN) in Moscow in mid-2008.
Members of BORN have been charged with racketeering, illegal weapons trafficking and several counts of ideological and racial homicide and the attempted murder of police personnel.
The homicides include the deaths of federal judge Eduard Chuvashov, attorney Stanislav Markelov, leaders of Russian anti-Nazi movements Fyodor Filatov, Ilya Dzhaparidze and Ivan Khutorsky, and Amateur Muay Thai world champion Muslim Abdullayev.
Tikhonov, who is believed to be one of the group’s leaders, was convicted and sentenced in May 2011 to life in prison for the murder of Markelov and Novaya Gazeta journalist Anastasia Baburova. He got 18 extra years in prison last September for killing Chuvashov.
In April of this year, the Moscow Region Court sentenced two other BORN members to life behind bars and another member to 24 years in prison.