Russian soldier jailed for 12 years over murder of Tajik woman

Sherbakov was also ordered by the court to pay $23,000 in compensation to the woman's family over the November 2015 killing.

Russian soldier jailed for 12 years over murder of Tajik woman

World Bulletin / News Desk

A military court at Russia's army base in Tajikistan has sentenced a soldier to 12 years in jail for the murder of a local woman, a Russian official said Thursday.

"Senior lieutenant Ivan Sherbakov of the Russian military base [in Tajikistan] was accused of murdering 22-year-old Shoira Jobirova on the territory of the base and was sentenced to 12 years in a high security prison," the official said.

The official said the closed-door trial concluded last week and noted 26-year-old Sherbakov would serve out his sentence in Russia.

The murder sparked protests from the ex-Soviet state's government which demanded that Moscow "take necessary measures to ensure similar actions by servicemen at the Russian military base in Tajikistan will not occur."

After an initial hearing in November Sherbakov was taken to Russia for psychological tests that saw him pronounced sane by doctors.

Tajik police said that at the time of the murder that Sherbakov had said he had no memory of the evening as he was drunk.

Despite Russia's 201st military base being important to fragile Tajikistan's security, the crimes committed by soldiers stationed at the base have stoked public dissatisfaction in the past.

In August last year two soldiers stationed at the base were sentenced to 17 and 13 years in prison by a Russian military court for the murder of a Tajik taxi driver in 2014.

Russia has in recent years reinforced the base with new military equipment as instability has risen in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Tajikistan, a central Asian country of around eight million, has seen fees sent home by over a million citizens working in Russia plunge by two thirds since an economic crisis struck there in 2014.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Temmuz 2016, 17:14