MOSCOW, June 18 (RAPSI) – The Second Western District Military Court sentenced activists of extremist movement Artpodgotovka to from 6 to 13 years behind bars in a criminal case over attempted terror attack and participation in a terrorist organization, a RAPSI correspondent reports from the courtroom on Thursday.

Thus, Andrey Tolkachev is to spend 13 years in a maximum security penal colony, Yury Korny and Andrey Kepti – 10 and 6 years respectively.

All three defendants were found guilty of participation in a terrorist organization and preparation of a terror attack.

The court established that the defendants planned to set afire outdoor constructions in a Moscow central square using bottles filled with flammable liquids, cause unrest in the capital’s subway; whereas Tolkachev was also going to damage power supplies lines.

Tolkachev and Korny pleaded not guilty, whereas Kepti confessed to the crime.

According to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), unregistered Artpodgotovka movement and an internet project of the same name had been established by Vyacheslav Maltsev, who was put on the international wanted list and arrested in absentia to organize a revolution in the country.

Earlier, the Investigative Committee had stated that activists of the movement formed teams to carry out extremist actions aiming to destabilize the social and political situation across the nation.

In February 2018, the Supreme Court of Russia banned Artpodgotovka as an extremist organization. Two months later, the Justice Ministry added the movement to the list of extremist organizations.