The court said that Andrei Mirny and Nikolai Avdeyev together with another two people were members of an armed gang that targeted Chinese nationals. They will serve the sentence in a high-security penal colony.
"The defendants were found guilty of banditry, murder, organized robbery, and inflicting serious bodily injury. Mirny has also been convicted of falsifying vehicles' license plates," a representative of the prosecutor's office said.
The gang was equipped with firearms, police uniforms, radios, and handcuffs. The total damage inflicted on the victims was estimated at 1.5 million rubles ($57,700).
Mirny was given 23 years and Avdeyev 18 years in prison. A search for the two other gang members is underway.