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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zhukov's Son Gets 14 Months in Prison

A London court sentenced the 24-year-old son of Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov to 14 months in prison Friday, one month after it convicted him of assault causing bodily harm.

Pyotr Zhukov, an associate director at UBS Investment Bank in London, was found guilty of beating up fellow investment banker Ben Ramsey, who showed up to what he believed was a party at a friend's apartment, prosecutors said. Zhukov had pleaded innocent.

Artyom Dahko, who lives at the Whitechapel district apartment, was handed a sentence of 12 months on Friday on the same charge. A court spokesman said Dahko received a lighter sentence because he pleaded guilty to the charges.

Judge Nicholas Lorraine-Smith handed down the sentences at Southwark Crown Court late Friday.

Konstantin Voitsekhovich, an assistant to Deputy Prime Minister Zhukov, refused comment when contacted Friday.

There was no immediate word on whether Zhukov would appeal the sentence. A spokeswoman at the Russian Embassy in London said it had been informed of the sentence, but was unable to say whether there had been any discussion with British authorities over the possibility of turning Zhukov over to Russian custody.

Zhukov's sentencing comes at a time when relations between Moscow and London are already strained by quarrels over a British request for the extradition of Andrei Lugovoi -- the former Federal Security Services officer whom British prosecutors charged last month with the murder of Alexander Litvinenko -- and criticism of the state of democracy in Russia.

A clerk at Southwark Crown Court, speaking on condition of anonymity, said by phone Friday that people sentenced to prison terms were usually driven straight from the court building to a cell at Wandsworth, a London holding facility. They stay there for up to two days while awaiting transfer to prison.

Voitsekhovich said last month that the minister's only child had been involved in the incident "by chance." On Friday, Zhukov's secretary at UBS said that her boss had gone "on long-term leave."

Ramsey, a banker with a London-based Japanese investment firm, suffered a broken cheekbone, cuts to the back of his head, two cracked ribs, a swollen jaw and bruises to much of his body, British media reported.

Police found Ramsey on the pavement outside the 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.

Ramsey and some friends left the Whitechapel apartment when they realized there was no party there. The altercation occurred, prosecutors said, after Dahko requested that they leave behind the beer they had brought with them. Dahko fell on Ramsey and punched him several times without warning, they added.

After initially trying to step in and restrain Dahko, Zhukov himself began punching Ramsey and continued beating him after he had fallen to the ground.