U.S. Pastor Given More Than 3 Years in Prison for Bringing Rifle Shells Into Russia

U.S. Pastor Given More Than 3 Years in Prison for Bringing Rifle Shells Into Russia

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    U.S. Pastor Given More Than 3 Years in Prison for Bringing Rifle Shells Into Russia

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    U.S. Pastor Given More Than 3 Years in Prison for Bringing Rifle Shells Into Russia

    Monday, April 21, 2008

    MOSCOW — A Moscow court on Monday sentenced a U.S. pastor to more than three years in prison for smuggling hunting ammunition into Russia.

    Phillip Miles, from South Carolina, has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 3. He was arrested several days after customs agents at a Moscow airport found a box of 20 rifle shells in his luggage.

    The court sentenced him to serve three years and two months in prison, with the sentence calculated from his detention date.

    Miles has said he brought the .300 caliber cartridges for a friend who had recently bought a Winchester rifle. He said he did not know bringing such ammunition into Russia was illegal.

    Judge Olga Drozdova accepted in her 20-minute summation that Miles had brought the ammunition for a friend, "as they are both inveterate hunters."

    The cartridges were not initially found as he flew into Moscow. They were detected a day later as airport security put his luggage through an X-ray machine while he was on his way to check in for a flight to Perm, a city in Siberia.

    Miles was dressed in a gray jacket and clerical collar for his sentencing.

    "I'm very disappointed. It's a strange sentence for one box of hunting bullets," he said as court bailiffs led him in handcuffs from the courtroom cage, where defendants in Russian criminal courts are held during trial.

    His lawyer said the sentence was surprisingly severe.

    "I hoped he would only be found guilty of the illegal possession of ammunition," Vladimir Ryakhovsky said.

    He said the conviction for smuggling was unfounded as his client had acted without any intent to break the law.

    An appeal will be filed within 10 days, he said.

    Miles seemed relaxed throughout the judge's summation.

    His interpreter struggled to keep up with the judge's delivery and stopped at various points throughout the sentencing. At one point, Miles tapped the interpreter's elbow to remind her to resume.

    Miles has admitted bringing in the shells, but said he did not bother to check if Russian laws differed from U.S. laws.

    But Drozdova said the court could not condone ignorance of Russian customs regulations and noted Miles had visited the country more than 10 times.

    She also stressed repeatedly that information on baggage limitations was available in the airport in both English and Russian.

    Ryakhovsky said, however, that leaflets in the airport contained no specific references to a prohibition on taking cartridges onto flights.

    "The judge's finding on that front was dishonest," he said.

    Miles will remain in a Moscow jail until the appeal.
    Didn't I read somewhere about knowing the laws of the state you're going to? Oh, yeah. I read that HERE. Of all the experiences I want in life, spending time in a Russian jail is NOT one of them.
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    When in Russia do as the Russians do.........
    Problem here (in America) is that we will adjust our laws so that we don't offend anyones civil rights.....come to our country and we will change our laws to fit you.......no need for you to comply to our current laws....
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    And I have even worse news for the Pastor. If the court's decision is not reversed, he will be considered a felon in the US and thus he can kiss his right to firearms goodbye.
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    Ironic and sad...to think of all the missiles and other such items smuggled out of Russia over the last few decades, and a man is sentenced to 38 months in prison for 20 rounds.
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    Unthinking hacks in governments are as fearful and mindless in Russia, apparently, as anywhere else. Got the smell of gunpowder on ya?, then ya must be intending the overthrow of somthin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerbouchard View Post
    Ironic and sad...to think of all the misiles and other such items smuggled out of Russia over the last few decades, and a man is sentenced to 38 months in prison for 20 rounds.
    +1 They also want to make a statement to the U.S. We haven't been seeing eye to eye lately, and they knew this would make headlines!!

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    I thought they hunted and stuff in Russia. Is it the caliber?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    I thought they hunted and stuff in Russia. Is it the caliber?
    yeah, i've seen several hunting shows on hunting russian brown bears and the assorted sheep. this is news to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy View Post
    And I have even worse news for the Pastor. If the court's decision is not reversed, he will be considered a felon in the US and thus he can kiss his right to firearms goodbye.
    Bingo. ^^

    People really have to use their thinking caps when it comes to firearms.
    Know the laws and ways of where you are going as they very often do vary from where you might happen to live.
    What was this dude thinking? He actually took that ammo past US TSA as well which is very much unlawful in modern day America, never mind Russia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cupcake View Post
    I thought they hunted and stuff in Russia. Is it the caliber?
    Maybe it was the brand of ammo. Maybe your only allowed to have Wolf ammo in Russia.
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    Try buying ammo outside the U.S. and bring it in. There are certain ways of doing it and ways that will get you in trouble. I think his main problem was not declaring it, however' importing ammo into Russia may simply be illegal. Here's a sample of airline law:

    Ammunition - Check with your airline or travel agent to see if ammunition is permitted in checked baggage on the airline you are flying. If ammunition is permitted, it must be declared to the airline at check-in. Small arms ammunitions for personal use must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask about limitations or fees, if any, that apply.
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    From the article it sounds like he was charged with, found guilty of, and sentenced for 'smuggling ammo', not possession of ammo.

    Assuming you don't just walk across the border, smuggling ammo, drugs, or whatever into the United States would get you a stiff sentence, also.
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