MOSCOW, June 23 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia on Wednesday dismissed a cassation appeal against sentence given to  ex-lawmaker of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada Nikolay Rudkovsky for his involvement in the attacks against Russian diplomatic offices in 2014 and 2016, the court’s press service told RAPSI.

In December 2019, the Moscow City Court convicted and sentenced Rudkovsky to 2 years in jail, granted civil claims filed by victims and ordered him to pay over 14 million rubles to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and SOGAZ insurance company.

Prosecutors earlier demanded 6 years in prison for Rudkovsky.

The case was heard under a special procedure, without examining evidence, as the defendant had signed a plea deal.

Rudkovsky was arrested in September 2018. 

According to investigation, on June 14, 2014, the accused, acting in conspiracy with a group of people, took part in the destruction of property belonging to the Russian embassy.

Moreover, he was allegedly involved in the 2016 March attack against Russia’s Consulate General in Lviv and desecration of Russian national flag. Damage caused to the diplomatic office was estimated at 14 million rubles (about $220,000 at the current exchange rate).