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Retired colonel guilty of coup plot

Moscow - A retired Russian military intelligence colonel has been found guilty of leading a bizarre plot that envisioned a group of elderly people taking over the government.

Prosecutors say Vladimir Kvachkov, 64, organized a group who planned to seize power by training crossbow-wielding men to seize military depots and then descend upon Moscow with tanks.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 file photo retired Col. Vladimir Kvachkov speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Kvachkov, a retired Russian military intelligence colonel, has been found guilty of leading a plot to overthrow the government. Moscow City Court on Friday Feb 8 2013 sentenced Vladimir Kvachkov, 64, to 13 years in prison for attempting to organize an armed uprising. Prosecutors said Kvachkov organized a group of elderly people that planned to seize power by training crossbow-wielding men to seize military depots and then descend upon Moscow with tanks. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev). Credit: AP

Moscow City Court on Friday sentenced him to 13 years in prison for attempting to organize an armed uprising. A retired police captain, 62-year-old Alexey Kiselev, was sentenced to 11 years as a co-conspirator.

Kvachkov, who denied the charges, became a nationalist folk hero after twice being acquitted for a 2005 assassination attempt on former deputy prime minister Anatoly Chubais, the mastermind of Russia's 1990s privatization drive. - Sapa-AP

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