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    MOSCOW, September 12. (RIA Novosti Correspondent). Adam Dekkushev and Yusuf Krimshamkhalov , residents of Karachayevo-Cherkesk (a republic of Russia in the North Caucasus), were sentenced to life in prison by the Moscow City Court on Monday.

    According to a RIA Novosti correspondent the two men have been found guilty of involvement in the explosion of apartment buildings in Moscow and Volgodonsk (Southern Federal Region). The accused will serve their sentence in a special purpose colony.

    They were accused of a slew of articles under the Criminal Code including: terrorism, illegal trafficking, storing and manufacturing explosive devices, participating in illegal armed bands, exceptionally cruel murder and attempted murder.

    The terrorist acts were committed in September 1999 and over 240 people were killed as a result.

    The accused partially admitted their guilt in court. Dekkushev, in particular, did not deny his role in purchasing components to manufacture explosives nor did he deny his participation in the transportation of active cyclonite. However, he maintained that he had been against human sacrifices from the very beginning and that he had supposedly lobbied for exploding a technical object such as a bridge.

    Krimshamkhalov likewise announced that he was not informed of the contents of the cargo he transported and that he was convinced that he had been helping to mix dry paint in the concrete mixer, the components of which were unknown to him.

    Igor Trounov, an attorney representing the victim's families, told RIA Novosti that "In their last statement the accused apologized to the victims for what had happened." "Part of the suffering and the pain of the victims is my own fault - whether or not I wanted it to be so. I sympathize with these people. I am guilty and I apologize," said Krimshakhmalov.

    Dekkushev announced that he fell victim to religious propaganda. "They betrayed me," he added.

    Two apartment complexes, one on Guryanov Street and another on the Koshirskoye Highway, were blown up on September 9 and 13, 1999. The apartment building in Volgodonsk on the Octyabrskaya Highway was blown up on September 16, 1999.

    According to the findings of the investigation, mercenaries from the Arab countries of Khattab and Abu Umar were hired to organize the terrorist acts.

    In addition, investigators discovered that a few other individuals collaborated in the terrorist effort: Achimez Gochiyayev, Hakim Abayev, Denis Saitakov, and two brothers Zaur and Timur Batchayev.

    According to on-line data, all of them except Gochiyayev, the organizer of the terrorist acts in Moscow, were killed in an anti-terrorism operation in Chechnya.

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