Prosecutor demands guilty verdict for Russian nationalist Goryachev
MOSCOW, July 13 (RAPSI) - On Monday, prosecutor Maria Semenenko asked the jury to hand down guilty verdict to Ilya Goryachev, an alleged leader of the Military Organization of Russian Nationalists (BORN), RAPSI reports from the Moscow City Court.
The prosecutor claimed Goryachev organized all the crimes in this case and personally issued orders to murder the victims.
Since the case was heard by a jury, the prosecutor did not suggest an appropriate sentence. The prosecution and the defense are only allowed to present the evidence in court and argue to what extent it proves the charges.
After the defendant has a final say and the judge gives the summation, the jury retreats to a meeting room to decide on the verdict.
According to investigators, nationalists 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 homicide, including the deaths of federal judge Eduard Chuvashov, attorney Stanislav Markelov, and several leaders of Russian anti-Nazi movements.
Markelov was killed in Moscow in January 2009. Investigators believe he was murdered for his participation in an anti-Nazi movement.
Chuvashov was shot and killed in the stairwell of his Moscow apartment building in 2010. During his career with the Moscow City Court, he reviewed over 20 high-profile criminal cases, some of which involved racially motivated murder.
Goryachev was placed on the international wanted list and in November 2013 extradited from Serbia.
Yevgeniya Khasis, earlier found guilty in the Markelov murder case, called Goryachev a murderer in her testimony as “he was the one to issue orders.”
Tikhonov was convicted and sentenced in May 2011 to life in prison for the murder of Markelov and Novaya Gazeta journalist Anastasia Baburova.
Tikhonov got 18 extra years in prison last September for killing Chuvashov.
His accomplice, Yevgenia Khasis, was given 18 years behind bars.
In April of this year, the Moscow Region Court sentenced two other BORN members to life behind bars and another convict to 24 years in prison.