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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

London Court Finds Zhukov's Son Guilty

The son of Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov was found guilty of unlawful wounding Wednesday at Southwark Crown Court in London. He faces up to five years in jail.

Pyotr Zhukov, 24, will be sentenced within a month, a court official said by telephone on Wednesday. He was released on bail until sentencing.

Deputy Prime Minister Zhukov could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. His assistant, Konstantin Voitsekhovich, said last week that the minister's only child had been involved in the incident "by chance."

"I don't know what's happening," said Pyotr's grandfather, Dmitry Zhukov, a well-known writer. He said he had not heard anything about the trial except through the press.

"He is a good, well educated, very calm [man]," Dmitry Zhukov said of his grandson.

Earlier the court heard how Zhukov had beaten up investment banker Ben Ramsey, who tried to gatecrash what he thought was a party last July.

"There was an assault and it was unprovoked," the prosecutor said in court.

Ramsey was left with a crushed cheekbone, cuts on the back of his head, two cracked ribs, a swollen jaw and bruises to his arms, shoulder, chest and legs, The Times of London reported last week.

Police found Ramsey on the pavement outside an apartment building, covered in blood. He was taken to a local hospital and required five stitches to his cheek and 20 to his lower lip, Kommersant reported last Thursday.

Zhukov was in an apartment in the Whitechapel district of London with two friends when Ramsey and a friend turned up, bringing beer, prosecutors said.

When they realized that there was no party in the apartment, they tried to leave and take their beer with them, the prosecutor said. This sparked the attack.

The Times reported that the fight broke out after Artyom Dahko, a Latvian national who was hosting the party at his apartment, tried to persuade Ramsey and his friend to hand over the beer and leave.

"Mr. Dahko, without any warning whatsoever, punched Mr. Ramsey on the forehead," prosecution lawyer Richard Milne told the court last week.

After attempting to stop the fight and restrain Dahko, Zhukov began punching Ramsey and continued after Ramsey had stumbled to the floor, covered in blood, Milne said.

Dennis Virin, who was with Zhukov and Dahko at the time, jumped on Rasmey's back during the attack, Milne said. Virin has not been charged.

Dahko, 27, admitted to unlawful wounding in the case and will be sentenced later.

Komsomolskaya Pravda saw the beer as the crux of the matter in the fight.

"The naive Englishmen made a strategic mistake and decided to take the beer with them. The host of the evening did not like such an attack on all things holy," the tabloid opined last week.