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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

12 Years for Soldier's Death

Itar-TassVyacheslav Nikiforov listening as his sentence is read on Thursday.
A captain in the Railway Troops has been sentenced to 12 years in a maximum security prison for the killing of a soldier under his command, Interfax reported Thursday.

The Ryazan Garrison Military Court convicted Captain Vyacheslav Nikiforov, a former company commander in a Railway Troops unit, of beating a soldier to death and exceeding his authority with grave consequences, the Prosecutor General's Office said in a statement posted on its web site Thursday.

The charges carry maximum sentences of 15 and 10 years in prison, respectively.

The court found that on Aug. 4 of this year, Nikiforov beat two of his subordinates -- Privates Dmitry Panteleyev and Oleg Shemerda -- for a breach of military discipline.

A drunken Nikiforov kicked Panteleyev in the face, resulting in severe head injuries. Panteleyev, from Syktyvkar, was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his wounds. The soldier had less than four months to serve in the unit before he was to be discharged.

The commander of the unit in the Moscow region town of Lukhovitsky was removed from his post and discharged from the armed forces as a result of the killing.

In addition to jail time, Nikiforov was stripped of his rank and barred from serving as an officer in the armed forces for three years. He was also ordered to pay 200,000 rubles ($7,420) in damages.