Satanic cult members sentenced for ritual murders

ITAR/TASS/February 12, 1999

Donskoi, Tula region -- The court of the city of Donskoi on Friday sentenced to eight to nine years in prison members of a satanic cult whose ages range from under 20 to 80.

The cult's leader Yelena Kuzina, 80, was sentenced to five years in prison and her oldest son, second in command in the cult, to ten years. Most of cult members are teens.

All of the satanists were convicted on charges of murders with aggravating circumstances.

The cult members stood trial on charges of two ritual murders last year, but the regional court returned the case for reinvestigation.

The prosecutor's office appealed the court decision to the Russian Supreme Court which ruled that the regional court gave the evidence inadequate scrutiny.

Defense lawyers of the satanists said they would protest the sentences.

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