Published November 17, 2014
A former Russian senator was sentenced to life in jail for ordering multiple killings and financing a criminal group.
The Moscow City Court said Tuesday that Igor Izmestyev, a former senator and oil trader from the central region of Bashkiriya, financed a mob that killed 14 people between 1992 and 2004.
Judge Yelena Guchenkova said in televised remarks that the mob also attempted to blow up the son of the regional president. Izmestyev challenged the president in an election in 2003.
The court sentenced four more mobsters to up to 23 years in jail. Their so-called Kingisepp mob was known for finishing their victims off with a shot in the eye.
Kremlin critics and analysts say that hundreds of former criminals and shady businessmen have become government officials and lawmakers.