Russian Supreme Court upholds 14-year term for Budyonnovsk attack case defendant
MOSCOW, January 10 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia on Thursday upheld a 14-year prison term given to Badruddi Daudov for involvement in the attack and hostage taking in Budyonnovsk in 1995, the court’s press service told RAPSI.
The defendant was convicted and sentenced in June. He was found guilty of taking hostages, membership in a gang and terrorism. Daudov pleaded not guilty.
According to case papers, in June 1995, Daudov participated in the attack under the leadership of a notorious warlord Shamil Basayev.
On June 14, 1995, a group of at least 160 gunmen led by Basayev attacked Budyonnovsk holding 1,586 people as hostages at a local hospital. The attack left 129 persons dead and 317 injured while the property damage was estimated at 95.6 billion rubles (about $1.5 billion at the current exchange rate).
Overall, 31 members of the gang have been sentenced to prison terms varying from 11 to 15 years. Proceedings against 18 members including Basayev were dropped owing to their death.