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In St. Petersburg will announce the verdict for the two defendants in the case "Network"*

The panel of judges of the Second the Western military district court must now announce the verdict against the St. Petersburg two of the defendants in the case "Network"* - programmer Victor Filinkova and industrial climber Julia Bojarshinova.

They were detained by the FSB in January 2018. Young people are charged under part 2 of article 205.4 of the criminal code ("participation in a terrorist community"). Boyarshinov is also accused of possession of explosives: in his apartment during a search they found a jar of black powder. He pleads guilty and Filinkov - no.

According to the indictment, Filinkov and Boyarshinov joined a terrorist organization "Network"*, shared the views and beliefs of the community that were aimed at changing the political system of the country by using violence against representatives of the authorities. According to the prosecution, the community members planned a series of terrorist attacks that would be aimed at terrorising the civilian population and the seizure of strategic objects. To prepare for this, say the investigators, members of the community spent training, including on the territory of the Leningrad region, has mastered the skills of self-defense, weapon possession, rendering the first medical aid. According to the investigation, Filinkov played the role of Communicator in the St. Petersburg cell of the community, and Boyarshinov - sapper.

The basis of the charges laid testimony of Igor Shishkin and Egor Zorin, who decided to cooperate with the investigation, and the latter had written a confession.

During the trial the Victor Filinkov has repeatedly said that is not a member of the community. He strongly denied the charges, claimed that during the arrest he was under pressure to get a confession. The court called on the testimony of four employees of the FSB, interrogated two: one of them said that Filinkov testified voluntarily.

Julius Boyarshinov your guilt is not denied. At court sessions he told about the formation of the St. Petersburg cell "Network"* the first time I met with members of the organization in the summer of 2016. Hawthorns claims that were acquainted with the so-called document "Vault Network" from which to learn about the goals and objectives of the community and was familiar with some of the Penza defendants.

The representative of state charge, speaking in the debate, said that he believes the blame Filinkova and Bojarshinova proven and asks to sentence them to nine and six years imprisonment respectively.

The Volga district military court held a hearing in Penza on 10 February sentenced seven members of "the Network"* to the deprivation of liberty for terms of between six and 18 years in the colonies General and strict modes. Depending on the role of each court found them guilty under articles "the Establishment and participation in a terrorist community" and "Illicit trafficking in firearms and ammunition", "Illegal circulation of explosives", "Attempted illegal turnover of narcotic drugs by a group of persons on preliminary arrangement in the large size". The defence appealed the decision. All the accused pleaded not guilty and claimed that confessed under torture.

The court found that until may 2015 Dmitry Pchelintsev and Ilya Sikorski in the Penza region created a terrorist community "Network"* which brought together anarchists from different regions in the battle group, was aimed at violent change of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation and terrorist activities. Members of structural divisions "Network"* in the were residents of the Penza region Vasily Kuksov, Andrey Chernov, Mikhail Kulkov, max Ivankin and a resident of St. Petersburg Arman sagimbaev. The judges found that in 2015-2017 participants in the "Network"* has mastered the skills of combat training conducted in the abandoned camps and recreation in the Penza forests. Each of the participants were allocated their roles in cells: scout, tactician, sapper, signaller and medic.

FSB stopped the activities of "the Network"* in the fall of 2017. The first verdict in the case "Network"* was issued in January 2019: a resident of St. Petersburg Igor Shishkin, pleaded guilty and signed a plea deal, was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.

*A terrorist organization banned in Russia.