The court in St. Petersburg sentenced Darya Trepova to 27 years in prison in the case of the murder of military blogger Vladlen Tatarsky, the correspondent of Sever.Realii reports.
The prosecution requested that Trepova be sentenced to 28 years in prison.
The explosion that killed Tatarsky took place in a cafe in St. Petersburg on April 2 last year. Dozens of people were injured. Many victims filed civil lawsuits against Trepova, the total amount of which reaches 50 million rubles.
26-year-old Darya Trepova was detained the next day after the explosion and has been in pre-trial detention since then. Shortly before the explosion, she handed Tatarsky a statuette in which, according to the investigation, an explosive device was mounted.
According to the investigation, Trepova was part of a criminal group controlled from the territory of Ukraine. The FSB previously named Ukrainian citizen Yury Denisov as one of the organizers of the explosion. It was claimed that a role in his organization was played by a journalist living in Ukraine, former leader of the Moscow branch of the National Bolshevik Party, banned in Russia, Roman Popkov. The investigation claims that Trepova received about 190,000 rubles in a crypto wallet from him.
Trepova claims that she met Tatarsky by agreement with Popkov, went to meetings with him under a false name in order to gain his trust. According to Trepova, handing over the statuette was part of the task for which she was promised a job as a journalist in Ukraine. According to the convicted person, she did not know that the statuette contained explosives.
- Trepova’s husband wrote an appeal in the name of Popkov with a request to tell how he and the people connected with him could deceive his wife and convinced her to take a statuette with explosives to a meeting with Tatarsky. Popkov did not admit his involvement in the blogger’s murder, which he called an “operation”, but he did not deny it either.
- From the first court session, Trepova stated that she did not agree with the charge of terrorist attack and the sale of explosives. The accused was entered in the register of extremists and terrorists.
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