“God Kuzya” given five years in penal colony
The court found Andrey Popov guilty of three crimes.
Presnensky Court of Moscow passed a verdict on the resonant case of Andrey Popov, known as God Kuzya. He was sentenced to five years in a general-regime colony, RBC reports.
In particular, the court found Popov guilty under two articles: creation of a religious community the activities of which involve violence against citizens or cause other damage to their health (part 1 of Article 239 CCRF) and swindling committed by an organized group, either on an especially large scale or which resulted in the deprivation of the citizen's right to shelter (part 4 of Article 159 CCRF). Under the last article, God Kuzya was charged with two counts.
Along with Popov, the court also sentenced the members of his sect Zhanna Frolushkina, to four years and 11 months, Nadezhda Rozanova to four years and ten months, and Galina Markevich to four years and nine months of imprisonment. The court found them guilty under part 4 of Article 159 CCRF. All of them will serve their sentence in a general-regime colony.
It is to be added that the sect of God Kuzya was formed in the late 90's. In 2007, several of its adherents reported on the beatings for disobedience, after which the sect fell into the sight of law enforcement agencies. In November 2017, the Prosecutor General's Office approved the indictment in the case of Popov and his accomplices.
Initially, the defendants in the case had been charged with embezzlement through swindling in the amount of 225 million rubles ($3.3 million). In the final version of the indictment, the article was changed to 1.5-billion-ruble ($22.45 million) embezzlement.