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"Due to the fact that we – both the convicts and the defense team -- do not believe the verdict lawful and justified and we don’t agree with this sentence, the convicts and the defense team will not make such appeal,"Yerofeyev’s lawyer Oksana Sokolovska said, according to RIA Novosti.

She noted that other persons may still file an appeal for pardon - under the new rules, the convicts’ relatives have the right to do so. Besides, the Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights can appeal as well.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian special forces officers Alexandrov and Yerofeyev April 18 were sentenced to 14 years in prison.