In Nizhny Novgorod, the 2nd Western District Military Court sentenced Maxim Popov and Ilya Khaimov to five and seven years in a special regime colony, respectively, for attempting to set fire to a military registration and enlistment office. They were found guilty of “preparation for a crime” and “committing a terrorist act by a group of persons by prior conspiracy” (part 1 of article 30 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, paragraph “a” of part 2 of article 205 of the Criminal Code). This was reported by OVD-Info.
According to investigators, Nizhny Novgorod residents received a proposal to set fire to local military registration and enlistment offices from “unidentified representatives of the Ukrainian special services.” For this they were allegedly promised to pay $3,500 in cryptocurrency. The “customers,” according to the court, demanded to shout “Nizhny Novgorod against war” during the arson fires and to record it on video. Khaimov and Popov allegedly prepared a plan to set fire to one of the recruiting stations in Nizhny Novgorod, but on October 16 they were detained. Despite the fact that the arson never took place, both received prison sentences.
Since the beginning of a full-scale war in Russian cities, special services began to regularly detain suspects of preparing sabotage and terrorist attacks. Present Time previously spoke with lawyer and human rights activist Valeria Vetoshkina about the sharp increase in such cases: