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Tikhonov convicted of foiled slaying, but freed by amnesty

Updated: July 23, 2007, 9:31 AM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Four-time Olympic biathlon relay champion Alexander Tikhonov was convicted Monday of involvement in a foiled slaying and sentenced to three years in prison.

However, he was immediately freed under a general amnesty passed by the lower house of the Russian parliament in 2000.

Tikhonov, who won gold medals in the 4x7.5-kilometer relay at four Olympics from 1968 to 1980, was charged in a plot to poison Aman Tuleyev, governor of the Kemerovo region, in 2000.

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