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Defendant In Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Plane Crash Sentenced To Prison, Amnestied

Vadim Timofeyev, former deputy general director for summer operations at the Yak Servis company, attends a court hearing in Yaroslavl on September 21.

The only defendant in the case involving the 2011 crash of a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice-hockey team has been sentenced to prison and amnestied.

A court in the western Russian city of Yaroslavl sentenced Vadim Timofeyev, the former deputy chief of Yak Servis air company that operated the deadly flight, to five years in prison for breaching air-safety regulations.

The court later ordered Timofeyev's release under an amnesty timed with the 70th anniversary of the victory against Nazi Germany.

The air crash outside Yaroslavl in September 2011 killed 37 people, including many members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team, one of the most popular in Russia.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax