United Russia politician runs over 2 girls and all she gets is a small fine

United Russia politician runs over 2 girls and all she gets is a small fine
Anna Shavenkova

The reason the story has stirred a wide public reaction was not just Shavenkova’s status, but also what she did right after the accident. Instead of approaching the girls she had injured, she rushed to check on her car.

Anna Shavenkova, the daughter of the former Head of the Irkutsk Regional Election Committee, an employee of Edinaya Rossiya (United Russia) faction, who was responsible for a high-profile fatal car accident in December 2009, paid 200 thousand rubles this week as compensation for moral damage to the family of the girl killed in the crash, wrote Severpost.

According to the agency, the victims were not satisfied with the amount and are going to continue the lawsuit that has lasted for more than seven years. Shavenkova was reluctant to pay damages until the court ordered so.  

The tragic incident occurred in Irkutsk city center on December 2, 2009. Shavenkova’s car bounced up on the sidewalk and hit two sisters, Yulia and Yelena Pyatkova. Yelena died in hospital never regaining consciousness. Yulia got multiple leg fractures, pelvis and spinal injury and liver rupture. She was left permanently disabled.

In August 2010, the Kirovsky District Court in Irkutsk sentenced Shavenkova to a three years' imprisonment in a penal colony with a 14-year grace period due to childbirth. At the retrial in March 2011, the term was reduced to 2.5 years, and in May 2015 the culprit was amnestied before she even began serving her punishment.

The reason the story has stirred a wide public reaction was not just Shavenkova’s status, but also what she did right after the accident. Instead of approaching the girls she had injured and call the ambulance, she rushed to check on her car and call her mother.

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