More than a year ago, Nikolai Kukushkin and his wife walked around Nizhny Novgorod. His friend was with them, he was also with his wife.
On the way, they met a group of Russian guardsmen. Eight people, all in civilian clothes and, as further examination showed, under the vapors of alcohol. According to Nikolai, and as later proved in court, the guardsmen decided to get acquainted with the girls. And then they allegedly tried to take them away.
And a fight began: first, Nikolai’s friend got it – his jaw was broken. Then Kukushkin took out a knife and wounded three guardsmen. One of them, Mikhail Rapoyan, later died in the hospital.
Nicholas was charged with murder and attempted murder, and arrested. He spent a year and a half in prison – that’s how long the investigation took. And after consideration of his case by the jury, Kukushkin was released right in the courtroom. All six jurors agreed that Nikolai defended himself and those around him.
It was quite a high-profile case, they even made a report. As it states:
“While this is only a jury verdict, there is still a verdict ahead. But it must be based on that verdict.”