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MOSCOW, October 18. /TASS/. Moscow’s Gagarinski court handed down a verdict in the case of reckless driving, involving Ruslan Shamsuarov, son of the vice president of Lukoil, Russia’s oil major, a TASS correspondent reported from the courtroom.
The court sentenced Shamsuarov to 300 hours of compulsory community service. Another defendant in the case - 25 year old Vitaly Uskov - got the same sentence. The third defendant 22-year old Abduvakhob Madzhidov was acquitted due to lack of evidence.
During the proceedings the prosecutor demanded 2-year jail terms for the defendants. According to investigators, on May 22, university-age individuals inside a Mercedes Benz G-Class SUV owned by Ruslan Shamsuarov brazenly violated traffic regulations, began impudently racing along Moscow streets at high speeds, provoking police to give chase. They video-taped their lawlessness, which including racing recklessly along city streets and sidewalks, and an ensuing police chase which ended with the offenders insulting officers of the law. All the while, they broadcasted this event on the web. The court sentenced the vehicle’s driver, owner and another passenger to 15 days in jail. Another passenger, a female defendant, was sentenced to 10 days in jail.