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Aircraft factory mechanic sentenced to 13 years in prison for burning down military registration and enlistment office in Moscow region

The Second Western District Military Court sentenced Kirill Butylin, a 22-year-old locksmith from the Lukhovitsky Aviation Factory, to 13 years in prison in the arson case of a registration and enlistment office military in the Moscow region. On this subject informed Interfax.

The young man was found guilty of vandalism, public calls for terrorism and terrorist attack. According to the verdict, he will serve three years in prison, the remaining ten years in a strict regime colony. Butylin was also banned from administering websites for two years.

The Russian Ministry of Defense was recognized as an injured party in the case. The department sued Butylin for 193.6 rubles, the amount was paid by the mother of the convict, writing “Kommersant”.

From the indictment, which son TASS, it follows that on February 24, 2022, the young man took part in an uncoordinated action in Pushkinskaya Square in Moscow against hostilities in Ukraine. After that, he “made up a criminal plan” to attack the building of the Unified Military Registration and Enlistment Office of the cities of Zaraysk and Lukhovitsy near Moscow.

According to investigators, on February 28, Butylin drew the flag of Ukraine on the doors of the military registration and enlistment office on the emblem of the Russian Armed Forces, and also applied the inscription “against the beginning of the SVO”. The prosecution felt that this was expressing “its support for the troops of a foreign state”, writes Kommersant.

Butylin then attempted to force open the recruiting office window, but failed and threw two Molotov cocktails through the window. According to investigators, he tried to set fire to the room where the personal files of the conscripts were kept, following which a fire broke out. Butylin videotaped his actions and posted the video on the internet.

It was the first case of arson of a military enlistment office since the start of the military operation in Ukraine, TASS notes.

On March 14, 2022, Belarusian border guards arrested Butylin as he attempted to cross the Lithuanian border and returned him to Russia. Butylin pleaded guilty at trial and explained the arson of the military registration and enlistment office as an attempt “to prevent mobilization to participate in hostilities”.

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