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Court Denies Budanov's Parole Request

ReutersFormer Colonel Yury Budanov, center, exiting the courthouse in Rostov-on-Don after his first trial for murder in 2001.
A court has rejected a parole request from former Colonel Yury Budanov, convicted in 2003 of kidnapping and murdering a Chechen woman, Interfax reported Tuesday.

Andrei Koshkin, acting head of the Federal Prison Service's branch in the Volga Federal District, told reporters in Nizhny Novgorod that Budanov, whose sentence ends in 2010, had sought parole late last year.

Ziyad Sabsabi, the Chechen government's representative in Moscow, told Interfax that he was pleased with the court's ruling.

"The decision is entirely correct. It testifies to the fact that the judicial system in Russia is acquiring independence and is not subject to any political pressure," he said.

A military court in July 2003 found Budanov guilty of kidnapping and murdering Elza Kungayeva, 18, in Chechnya three years earlier.

Budanov received a 10-year sentence, including time served, and was stripped of his rank and decorations.

Kungayeva's family said she had been abducted by federal troops from her home in the Chechen village of Tangi and subsequently was beaten, raped and strangled.

The rape charge against Budanov was dropped in an earlier trial.

In 2004, Budanov twice appealed for a pardon, but withdrew his request each time.