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Man convicted of 85 rapes gets 15-year sentence

March 12, 1997

MOSCOW (AP) _ A Moscow court convicted a man of raping and robbing 85 women he attacked in apartment building elevators and sentenced him to 15 years in prison, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

After raping his victims, Oleg Kosarev, 31, took their money and jewelry, the daily Moskovsky Komsomolets reported. Sometimes, he forced his way into their apartments and stole more valuables, it said.

Kosarev, found guilty of 85 rapes committed between August 1992 and October 1995, served six years for rape before being granted early release in 1992, the report said. Police suspected him in as many as 124 rapes, it said.

Kosarev will serve 10 years of his term in solitary confinement and the remaining five in a maximum security prison colony, the newspaper reported.

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