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(en) Russia: Final court statement of anarchist Alexandra Dukhanina (Naumova)

Date Fri, 07 Feb 2014 18:27:07 +0200

Alexandra Dukhanina: "There were only blatant lies and brute force" ---- charged with violence against police during an opposition rally in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012, made in a Moscow court on February 5, 2014. ---- At first I thought that this entire case is some sort of mad mistake and nonsense. But now, after listening to the speeches by prosecutors and after finding out what are the imprisonment terms that they demanded for all of us, I realized that they take revenge on all of us. They take revenge because we've been there and we saw how it was all really happening. Who provoked the crushing, how the people were being beaten, the unjustified cruelty. They take revenge on us because we did not cave in to them and did not admit our non-existent guilt. Neither during investigation nor during the trial. They also take revenge because I did not help them with their lies and refused to answer their questions.

It must be some weighty thing that I'm guilty of, and it deserves to be
punished with six years in a penal colony. There weren't any other ones
worthy of such punishment, just we are left: they are afraid of real
criminals, the strangers who stood in their way were imprisoned, and
they aren't touching any of their own. It is up to you, your honour, to
decide how to help them become more happy at the expense of our fates,
how they can get new appointments, ranks and awards.
But, after all, why six years? What are the "at least eight aimed
throws" that I made? Where did they come from? Who was I aiming at and
whom did I hit? At eight different police officers? Or eight times at
the two police officers that I was charged with attacking? If so, how
many times, and which of them? Where are the answers to all these
questions? After all, they should first give detailed descriptions and
proof, and only then imprison - after all, it's six years of life, it's
no laughing matter. But now it doesn't even look like a lie, it's lying
demagoguery without facts, and playing with people's lives. What if they
had 188 videos, not eight, would they have then said that I made 188 throws?
There are two OMON riot police officers whom I subjected to violence,
you'd seen them. They are twice of thrice as big as I am, and they also
wore body armour. One of them did not feel anything at all, the other
one was not harmed by me and made no claim against me. Is that the mass
rioting and violence that I'm supposed to be imprisoned for for six years?
Oh, I forgot about the kvass - the bottle alone is worth five years, and
eight targeted throws may account for the remaining year. Now they
should tell me that, at least I will know the price of kvass. And can
they also tell me, where do my mass disorders start and end and where
does violence against officers start? And what is the difference between
these two things? I somehow did not understand: what arson? Attacks?
Destruction of property? And where am I in all of that? What was I
breaking? What did I set on fire? What did I destroy? With whom did I
set up a conspiracy? What proves any of that? In short, do I get four
years under Article 212 [of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation,
dealing with mass rioting] simply for being there? So, my presence at an
originally peaceful rally is my mass rioting that I took part in?
There's nothing else apart from that!
Look at these people. They are not murderers, thieves or fraudsters.
Imprisoning us all would be not just unfair, it would be mean.
Many people have suggested that I confess, apologize, say what the
investigators wanted to hear, but you know, I don't find it necessary to
apologize to these people. It is a custom in this country that
[law-enforcement officers] are absolutely untouchable, although there
are many reported cases of them running protection rackets for drug
dealers, prostitution, rape. Recently there was a case like that in
Lipetsk Region.
The contents of the charges made against all of us are not just
ridiculous, it is absurd and is only based on OMON riot police officers'
statements. So what do we have here, if a person has epaulets, he is a
priori honest and holy?
Your honour, in the eight months of this trial you have received from
defence enough proof of all of us being innocent, so if you sent us to a
[prison] camp, you will cripple lives and fates for nothing!
Do the authorities want so badly to show how we are being punished that
they are ready for such a thing? To give a suspended sentence to an
official, a rapist or a police officer for [indiscernible] is normal:
they are the untouchable, they are one of your own. But we can languish
in prison - after all, who are we, we aren't even rich. But for some
reason I am sure that even in prison I will be more free than many of
them, because I have clear conscience, and those who will stay free,
continuing with their so-called defence of order and freedom, will live
in an eternal cage with theiraccomplices.
I can admit my mistakes, and if by truth and facts I could be told and
persuaded that I did something illegal, I would have admitted that. But
no-one has ever explained anything: there were only blatant lies and
brute force. By force they can strangle, carry... [indiscernible], and
it was all done to me. But by force or lies you cannot prove anything.
And no-one proved any of my guilt. I am certain that I am right and
I would like to finish with a quote from "Tale of Cipollino" by Gianni
"- My poor father! You have been banged up like a criminal, with thieves
and bandits.
- What are you talking about, son, - his father interrupted him. - There
are lots of honest people in prison!
- But why are they locked up? What were the bad things that they did?
- Exactly nothing, son. That's why they've been locked up. Prince Lemon
does not like decent people.
- So, to be in prison is big honour? - he asked.
- So it turns out. Prisons were built for those who steal and kill, but
under Prince Lemon's rule everything is the other way around, thieves
and murderers are in his palace, and honest people are in prison."

From: http://grani.ru/tags/may6/m.224210.html#child-224195
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