An unofficial source reports that Stanislav Minin was sentenced to death by the Kharkov Regional Court in the Ukraine on 26 October 1990. He had been convicted of murder and rape. The Supreme Court of the Ukraine is said to have left the sentence unchanged at an appeal hearing and the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Ukraine has rejected a petition for clemency. A further petition for clemency has been made to the President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachov. It is not known whether the clemency commission of the USSR has yet heard this petition.