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Three Russians Found Guilty Of Murdering Health Fund Head

CHELYABINSK, Russia -- Three men were found guilty today of murdering the head of the regional Russian medical insurance fund, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

A Chelyabinsk court ruled that the doctor in charge of the Magnezit company, Anatoly Gromov, organized the November 2009 murder of Valery Nekrasov.

Andrei Chirushin and Artem Sosedov were found guilty of carrying out the killing. Another defendant, their driver Yevgenny Ovsyannikov, was acquitted of any crime.

Nekrasov was the chief of the medical insurance fund OFMC. An investigation showed he had uncovered irregularities in purchase of medicine and medical equipment by Magnezit using money from OFMC.

Gromov has proclaimed his innocence.

The Chelyabinsk prosecutor-general's regional investigation committee said it had found two pistols used in the murder and the money paid to the assassins.

The trial lasted one month. The three men are to be sentenced next month.

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