Two found guilty in Russia killings: reports

28th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Moscow court on Thursday found two young people guilty of the 2009 murder of a renowned Russian lawyer and a journalist close to the opposition, news agencies reported.

Nikita Tikhonov is guilty of committing the twin murder and his companion Yevgenia Khasis of complicity in the crimes, a jury found.

The court also said the pair had "unidentified accomplices".

The verdict was expected at another hearing soon.

The 34-year-old lawyer, Stanislav Markelov, who specialised in human rights cases, and 25-year-old journalist Anastasia Baburova, who worked for the Novaya Gazeta, were gunned down on the way to the Moscow metro after a press conference on January 19, 2009.

© 2011 AFP

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