Gelandewagen case: participant shrugged off golden youth
At the hearing in the Gagarinsky court the state prosecution asked 2 years imprisonment for participating in the race on the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, owned by the son of the Lukoil Vice-President Ruslan Shamsuarov.
The Prosecutor asked to give Shamsuarov and Majidov a term of 2 years 1 month in a standard penal colony, but for the third accused, Uskov, he asked for 2 years 7 months, because he had been previously convicted for cable theft.
Viktor Uskov pleaded not guilty. In court he said that he “does not consider himself as the golden youth" and "this label was hung him incorrectly”.
"There were swearwords, but not the police’s way. There was no war of nerves for my own part. I would like to draw the media attention on the hung label, identifying me as the golden youth, whose representative I am not in any way. I work from the childhood, I don’t have rich parents, I help them financially. Therefore, the imprisonment is the end of my career, the end of everything. I ask the court to understand it. I just happened to be at the wrong time and in the wrong place, I am the victim,"- the accused said in his final statement.
On May 22, 2016 Shamsuarov, Majidov and Uskov, moving on Leninsky Prospekt in a luxury SUV Mercedes-Benz Gelandewagen, grossly violated the road rules, refused to obey the requirements of traffic police officers, staged a race in the center of Moscow. Their actions were broadcasted on the Internet.
Viktor Uskov, Ruslan Shamsuarov and Abduvahob Majidov were charged under part 1 of Art. 318 (Threats to Use Violence against a representative of power, in connection with the discharge by his official duties), Art. 319 (Public Insult of a representative of power during the discharge by him of his official duties) and part 2 of Article 35 (Crime committed by a group of persons by previous concept) of the Criminal Code.
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