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08/14/1998

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They Thought He Was a Goner, But...

In a fresh twist to the tale of a man tried and convicted for throwing his cat to its death from a fifth-floor window after it ate his dinner, the cat has made a complete recovery and is living back at home, the man's wife said Thursday. Vladimir Kotov, whose name translates as Mr. Cat, was convicted of cruelty to an animal last month by Judge Nikolai Vorobyov. The conviction was handed down on the assumption that Kotov had sent his 1-year-old cat Grishka plummeting to its death after Kotov caught Grishka in the act of eating ground meat intended for the family's dinner. But Kotov's wife, Valentina, said Thursday that Grishka had not been killed in the fall, and had returned home two days later. She said Grishka was alive and well at home even while her husband was on trial July 21 -- but that her husband had been too timid to inform the judge. ""My husband kept silent during the court case,"" she said. ""He had been humbled by the allegations. But nobody asked what had happened to the cat.

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