VLADIVOSTOK, March 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Six defendants in the so-called Primorye guerillas case, accused of robberies and murders, will make their final statements at the regional court in Russia's Far East on April 3.
Earlier, the defendants — Alexander Kovtun, Vadim Kovtun, Roman Savchenko, Maxim Kirillov, Vladimir Ilyutikov and Alexei Nikitin — made statements before the jurors who had found them guilty.
The trial lasted almost 18 months.
The investigators said gang members committed several thefts and attacks in small settlements of the Primorye Territory in the spring of 2010. They stole cars, money and hunting rifles. The prosecutors said the gang had attacked police several times, killing two and wounding several others.
Regional authorities launched a sweeping manhunt. The gang's whereabouts were established on June 11, 2010. The gunmen offered armed resistance wounding two policemen. Two gang members committed suicide as police were storming the gang's hideout.
Prosecution demanded life imprisonment for Alexander Kovtun, who the jurors said had set up the gang, as well as for Alexei Nikitin and Vladimir Ilyutikov, who had taken part in all the gang's crimes.
Vadim Kovtun should be sentenced to 15 years in a maximum security prison, Maxim Kirillov to 22 years and Roman Savchenko to 25 years, the prosecutor said.
Compensation suits against the defendants are worth 14 million rubles.