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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Morgue Ring Leader Sentenced to 16 Years

Former St. Petersburg morgue worker Valery Burykin, 56, was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison for murder and banditry, the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Burykin was found guilty last week of leading a gang that took control over many of the city's morgues in the 1990s to profit from illegal side businesses, such as hiding the bodies of criminals killed in mob wars. Prosecutors said Burykin ultimately ordered the killing of a former co-conspirator who attempted to quit the group.

A lawyer for Burykin said last week that he would appeal the guilty verdict. Investigators are seeking documents from Hungary, from which Burykin was extradited to Russia in 2008, to try him for ordering three other murders, the statement said. (MT)