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Man Gets 150 Years for Sexual Abuse in Russia

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge on Monday sentenced a man with dual Russian and U.S. citizenship to 150 years in prison for sexually abusing three girls during trips to Russia, the Justice Department said.

A jury in November 2015 convicted Yusef Yunosovich Abramov, 58, of five felony counts of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places.

According to evidence at trial, the man flew from Los Angeles to Russia in June 2009 and shortly after his arrival raped a 12-year-old girl. He threatened to sever her head and play soccer with it if she told anyone about the abuse, the evidence showed.

Abramov went to Russia again in November 2009 and engaged in further sexual abuse. Then in March 2010 - believing that local girls had contacted the police - Abramov and two others cornered three girls and threatened them with a knife while each of the men took turns raping one of the girls, according to the evidence.

Evidence also showed that Abramov raped at least two of the girls during that trip and on subsequent trips to Russia, the Justice Department said.

U.S. District Judge Otis Wright II of the Central District of California ordered Abramov to spend the next 150 years in prison and also imposed a lifetime of supervised probation.

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