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Army Officer Jailed For Murdering Daghestani Minister

A military court in Russia's North Caucasus region has convicted a former army officer of killing Daghestan's interior minister and sentenced him to a long prison term.

The North Caucasus Regional Military Court sentenced Andrei Rezanov to 15 years in a maximum-security prison.

Rezanov has confessed to killing Adilgirei Magomedtagirov in 2009.

Rezanov was arrested in 2010.

Investigators say he agreed to kill Magomedtagirov for 1.5 million rubles ($45,600) he received from a local criminal group.

Daghestan, along with Russia's other volatile North Caucasus republics, continue to experience violence linked to Islamic extremists and organized criminal groups.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti, Interfax, and ITAR-TASS