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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yury Budanov Loses Appeal

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 10-year prison sentence handed down to Colonel Yury Budanov for killing a Chechen woman.

The court rejected an appeal by Budanov, who fought in the war against Chechen separatists and was convicted of murdering 18-year-old Heda Kungayava, the court's military department said.

Budanov had admitted to strangling Kungayeva in 2000, but said he did it in a fit of rage while interrogating her. He said he believed she was a rebel sniper.