Friday, November 17, 2017

Khabarov found guilty of involvement in coup

Russian courts found former Soviet-era colonel Leonid Khabarov guilty this week of attempting to seize power in Yekaterinburg.

Khabarov was arrested in December 2010 after investigators uncovered that he and eight conspirators were involved in a plot to cause panic in the city of Yekaterinburg by destroying the city's power lines and assassinating a number of high-level regional officials, according to Ria Novosti.

The group planned to use the resulting panic as a means to take control of several city government buildings where they could recruit additional support. Ultimately, the group planned to seize the Kremlin and expected the military to yield its power to them.

Coup organizer Alexander Yermakov was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to a psychiatric prison ward.

Khabarov and fellow conspirator Viktor Kralin have been convicted of attempting to illegally purchase weapons and acting in conjunction with unlawful individuals. During the trial, their attorneys argued that their alleged involvement in Yermakov's operation was falsified, Ria Novosti reports.

Earlier this month, Khabarov received a 13-year prison sentence for his involvement in former Russian Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov's separate coup to seize control of the federal government.