BREAKING : court docket jails young adults who filmed animal torture


A Russian court on Friday sentenced to
jail two “ sadistic ” teenage girls who
filmed themselves torturing and killing
animals , investigators said .
The two women took animals to an
abandoned building where they shot
them with airguns, stamped on them
and cut out their eyes , Russian
television reported .
“ The court established that two friends
who were then minors between June
and August 2016 systematically treated
animals cruelly, using sadistic
methods, maiming and killing them ,”
said the Investigative Committee ,
which handles serious crimes.
The two filmed themselves torturing at
least 15 animals including dogs and
cats they got from shelters and small
ads .
They posted shocking videos including
the killing of a puppy on social media ,
leading to their arrest in 2016.
Alyona Savchenko was sentenced to
four years and three months, while
Alina Orlova received three years and
10 days after a closed five - month trial
in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk ,
RIA Novosti news agency reported .
The women, who were nicknamed the
“ Khabarovsk slaughterers ” by the
media, had pleaded guilty.
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Psychiatric reports said they were not
suffering from any mental disorders .
Both faced a number of charges over
other crimes that emerged during the
investigation including robbery, hate
crime and offending religious
believers, as well as cruel treatment of
animals .
In Russia, it is rare for animal cruelty
to be severely punished .
Russian television showed the women
in the defendants ’ cage in court.
Orlova tried to hide her face from
cameras during sentencing.
Their 18 - year- old male friend who
filmed some of their attacks was
sentenced to three years in jail.
Their family members were also fined
for “ inadequate bringing up of
children, ” an administrative offence .
AFP

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