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Two Convicted Of Minor Charges In 'Nevsky Express' Bombing


The scene of the "Nevsky Express" bombing in August 2007

The scene of the "Nevsky Express" bombing in August 2007

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia -- A Novgorod court has dropped the most serious charges of "terrorism" but convicted two defendants of lesser charges in connection with a 2007 bomb attack on a passenger train in northwestern Russia, , RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The court convicted one man, Salambek Dzakhkiyev, of "banditry" and the other, Maksharip Khidriyev, of illegally transporting explosives.

Dzakhkiyev was given a 10-year jail sentence, while Khidriyev was ordered to spend four years in jail.

Salambek Dzakhkiyev in court on January 15
Around 60 people were injured but there were no fatalities in August 2007 when the "Nevsky Express" that runs between Moscow and St. Petersburg was derailed when explosives aboard the train were detonated.

Two years later, in November 2009, a "Nevsky Express" train en route to St. Petersburg derailed when a bomb exploded on the track as it passed.

That derailment killed 26 people and injured at least 90 others.
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