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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Teen Guilty of Bombing Tsar Statue




Moscow city court found Andrei Sokolov, 19, guilty of terrorism Thursday for blowing up a memorial to the Romanov imperial family and sentenced him to four years in prison.


The teenager already has spent almost 18 months in the notorious isolation facility of Lefortovo for detonating a small bomb at the base of the monument in Vagankovskoye Cemetery on July 19, 1997.


No one was hurt, but the blast damaged the statue and shattered the windows of a nearby chapel. A second explosive device on the other side of the monument did not go off.


Sokolov, a member of a radical communist organization, admitted that he carried out the bombing, calling it "revenge on Nicholas II as a bloody tyrant."


But his lawyer argued it was an act of vandalism, not terrorism, and should be prosecuted under a lighter charge.


Sokolov's trial, which began Jan. 13, was closed because the Federal Security Service said the case involved secret documents. His lawyer denied this.