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(en) Russia, Russian Anarchist Svetlana Tsvetkova sentenced to one year of forced labor for distributing leaflets against the police (pt) [machine translation]

Date Wed, 15 Jun 2016 19:23:47 +0300


On May 31, 2016, the judge of the Legal Court of the city of Taganrog, Georgy Serebryanikov determined a sentence to a local resident 31 - year-old Svetlana Tsvetkova, to one year of forced labor for distributing leaflets criticizing the police, as says news site Caucasian Knot. As published on the court 's website, the verdict states that 15% of salary Tsvetkova shall be deducted by the state for one year. The activist was also ordered to pay 6,000 rubles court costs. ---- Serebryanikov considered guilty defendant in accordance with Article 281.2 of the Criminal Code (incitement to hatred or hostility to the social group of "police officers"), which stipulates a maximum penalty of four years in penal colony. During closing arguments on May 16, the Deputy Attorney General of Taganrog, Vadim Dikaryov, asked Tsetkova was sentenced to one year of forced labor in a colony. So Serebryanikov imposed a lighter sentence requested by the prosecution.

The activist, however, pleaded not guilty. Durantes his final statement on 27 May, she stressed that protested against the illegal actions of law enforcement officers. She reminded the judge Serebryanikov cases of high profile criminal against police, including cases of Major Denis Yevsyukov and Dalny police station in Kazan.

The lawyer Yuri Chupilkin also asked the Court the acquittal of his client.

Initially, the reading of the verdict Tsvetkova trial was scheduled for May 30. However, an hour before the hearing that was scheduled, the activist was called and told that would be delayed. The reasons for the delay were not explained to the defendant.

It is unclear whether Tsvetkova will appeal the sentence.

Charges against the activist were filed in January 2015. According to the researchers, Tsvetkova downloaded in social network Vkontakte a pamphlet criticizing the police, printed, and one day before the day of the Application of Laws Officers in November 2014, stuck in the public transport stops and lampposts.

The investigation was completed in August 2015. However, in September, the prosecutor in exercise of the city of Taganrog discovered numerous legal violations in the investigation, refused to confirm the indictment and sent the case back to the Russian Investigative Committee. The indictment was confirmed the second time in November.

However, investigators ignored a sociological forensic study, conducted by Professor Vladimir Kozyrkov in Nizhny Novgorod University. Professor Kozyrkov rejected the claim that police officers are a "social group."

In preliminary hearings in December, Chupilkin insisted not take into account a number of evidence; in particular, the studies made by the regional interior minister. The Serebryanikov judge, however, rejected the defense motions.

The merit hearing started on 15 January 2016. During the hearing on 20 April, Viktor Chernous, professor of sociology at the Southern Federal University in RostovonDon, summoned as an expert witness also gave evidence stating that police officers are not a group social, and thus there was nothing that could lead to the criminalization of the actions alleged against the defendant.

In turn, Elizaveta Koltunova, linguistic assistant professor at Nizhny Novgorod University, who was summoned as an expert, noted that he could not find anything extremist pamphlets that led to charges against Tsvetkova.

The Rosfinmonitoring [Russian federal system of financial monitoring] Tsvetkova included in its list of terrorists and extremists and blocked his bank account.

An excerpt from the final declaration of the activist Svetlana Tsvetkova (Taganrog) in
his trial on charges of extremism, on May 27, 2016:

I still think that games like mine, as the case in Stavropol involving the (alleged) offense to the feelings of religious believers or as other cases, caused no real damage, but the result is that our law enforcement system acquires for some reason the image of a satrap. Moreover, people are distracted from the actual dangers, such as the identification of terrorists. Maybe I'm just an overly sensitive person, but it seems to me that one can not remain indifferent after high-profile cases such as the Yevsyukov major, who killed civilians shot in a supermarket, or the case of torture in the Dalny police station, where a man died.

These cases would make anyone had a negative attitude towards the illegal actions of police. I remain convinced that cases of bribery, torture and murder must end. People should not be afraid of police officers who break the law and engage in rough justice, but put an end to these their actions, to report their illegal activities and publicly criticize the police officers. Only then we will live in a country under the rule of law and be able to improve life in Russia. Exclusive and special privileges are always abnormal and often unfair, especially when it comes in these matters. A divided society can not function normally. We have to understand that if people are unable to stand up for their rights in any area if they are forced to bear injustice in the police, housing and health care, so never live in a civilized and developed country.

Fonte: https://avtonom.org/news/taganrog-anarhistka-elizaveta-cvetkova-poluchila-god-ispravitelnyh-rabot-za-listovku-s-kritikoy

Translation> Jorge Netherlands
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