During the war with Ukraine, a resident of Severodvinsk, Artyom Lavrentyev, who was convicted of killing Kuza’s cat and was in a colony, died. This was reported by activists from the animal protection initiative group with reference to the military enlistment office, writes Sever.Realii.
“From the colony, he applied for the SVO. He went missing in the summer, he was found only now,” the message says.
The brutal murder of Kuza’s cat in Severodvinsk took place in the fall of 2021. Lavrentiev and his partner Anna-Viktoria Gromovich kidnapped the cat from Leontiev’s mother and for several weeks mocked the animal, recording what was happening on a mobile phone and publishing videos on social networks. When the cat died, they returned it to its owner.
According to 29.ru, in the video Gromovych accused Lavrentyev’s mother Elena of excessive love for the cat and bad attitude towards her and her children.
After the death of Kuza, his mistress managed to initiate a criminal case. Gromovych was arrested, Lavrentev was released. Animal rights activists in different cities of the country went on pickets with the demand to punish animal killers.
The trial began in January 2022. Gromovych received three years and two months in a penal colony for animal cruelty. Lavrentiev was sentenced to three and a half years in a general regime colony. Gromovych and Lavrentyeva retained parental rights.