Support The Moscow Times!

Kazakh Border Guard Convicted of Killing Comrades

TALDYKORGAN, Kazakhstan — Despite widespread skepticism about his confession, a court in Kazakhstan convicted a border guard of killing 14  comrades and a park ranger at a remote outpost near the Chinese border.

Vladislav Chelakh was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday for the killings in May.

Chelakh was found hiding in a cave a week after the killings, wearing civilian clothing and carrying a pistol. Prosecutors said he confessed, and a videotape of the purported confession later surfaced online.

However, many Kazakhs doubted Chelakh's guilt, and claims abounded on the Internet that he confessed under duress. A television news anchor quit his job rather than report the confession.


Read more

The need for honest and objective information on Russia is more relevant now than ever before!

To keep our newsroom in Moscow running, we need your support.