Saturday, August 19, 2017

Kvachkov found guilty of attempted coup, sentenced to 13 years

Moscow courts found retired Russian Intelligence Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov guilty on Friday of attempting to organize an armed uprising and sentenced him to 13 years in prison.

Kvachkov was arrested last year after authorities uncovered his plot to stage a violent uprising against the Russian government. Kvachkov successfully organized a small group of men who planned to occupy several federal buildings in Moscow with crossbows and tanks before being detained. When his trial began, Kvachkov initially pled not guilty to all charges related to the attempted uprising, CBS Atlanta reports.

Kvachkov first made news in 2005 after he was twice acquitted for the attempted assassination of former Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais, who is largely credited with leading Russia's privatization efforts in the 1990s.

Kvachkov's accomplice, retired Police Captain Alexey Kiselev, was also found guilty in the Friday ruling. Kiselev was sentenced to 11 years in prison, according to CBS Atlanta.