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Life sentence for a defendant in the 2010 Moscow metro bombings

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On March 29, 2010, two female suicide bombers from the Russian republic of Dagestan in the Caucasus detonated their explosive belts in two busy metro stations in the center of the Russian capital.

In the following years, the Russian security services had eliminated several members of the clandestine Islamist group which claimed responsibility for this attack, and which was part of the organization Caucasus Emirate, the source of several other attacks.

The man sentenced on Friday, Magomed Nurov, 45, was arrested in 2019 in Dagestan. Considered the only survivor of the group that carried out the attacks, he denies his guilt.

An intermediary

According to investigators, he acted as an intermediary, leading the members of the terrorist group and helping them hide from the police.

He did not plead guilty, saying he acted under pressure other members of the terrorist cell, prosecutor Natalia Trochkina told reporters.

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Handcuffed, dressed entirely in black and detained inside a glass cage, Magomed Nurov responded with animosity to journalists’ questions before the verdict, according to a correspondent of theFrance Media Agency on the spot.

Write a written request and we will respond to you. If you provoke me, it’ll be on your conscience, he launched.

Jail and fine

He was also ordered to pay 17 million rubles ($285,000 CAD) in restitution to the Moscow Metro.

In the 2000s and early 2010s, Russia was hit by a series of terrorist attacks that left dozens dead, following the end of the war in Chechnya between Russian forces and an independence movement that became radicalized before pledging allegiance to the armed group Islamic State.

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