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Shootout process in Moscow City disrupts imaginary coronavirus

Over the high-profile trial of the shootout in Moscow City, there is a real threat of termination of the case. Another juror on Monday, October 12, unexpectedly missed the hearing. Before that, we will remind, two civil judges were expelled for truancy.

Meanwhile, strangeness does not pass by the main person involved in the case, Magomed Ismailov. At the last meeting, the two-time world kickboxing champion was actually not allowed to go to court – right before leaving for the trial, the man was told that he had a fever. Ismailov could not prove the opposite.

The defendant was not taken to the meeting under the pretext of a pandemic, and then it turned out that he was not sick

Even before the meeting in the Presnensky court, the atmosphere of an impending scandal hovered – the wife of the accused, Ekaterina, was extremely outraged by the latest events. It turned out that her husband did not come to the meeting last week, not because he was ill, as stated in the telephone message from the isolation ward. And the process seems to have been postponed in vain.

The woman told her lawyer that after the alarming news of her husband’s discomfort, she rushed to buy medicine. At the same time, they added fuel to the fire in the pre-trial detention center and reported that Ismailov allegedly refuses to submit the text on COVID.

In fact, it turned out that Ismailov was simply not released from the cell, saying that he had a temperature. The defendant tried to explain that he was feeling as usual and that he had no fever. But all is in vain.

It is noteworthy that the story “about the temperature at Ismailov’s” can really turn out to be someone’s wild fantasy. So, on Monday the court received a certificate on the state of health of the defendant. It said that he was healthy as a bull and could be in court.

– I wasn’t sick at all. I consider the testimony to be falsified. I did not have any illness, – said the defendant himself.

When the judge answered that she was not a doctor and could not make diagnoses, the defendant only threw up his hands.

In the meantime, strange things happen among the jury. One more assessor was missing on Monday. This time the juror summed up at # 3. He sent a telephone message to the court, in which he said that he could not be present due to some “business necessity”.

The lawyers of the defendants asked for a second chance for a truant most of all, they say, if the jury is scattered about, the collegium will be dissolved.

– I can’t help but recall the previous cases, when in similar situations we could “postpone”, but two jurors, excuse me for the rude word, were thrown out. And I think in vain, – said one of the lawyers.

As a result, the civil judge number 3 was not removed from the collegium. The presiding judge decided to wait for Friday, then to make a decision on which, we recall, the fate of the process may depend.

Recall that the outflow of the jury began immediately after the defense began to provide its evidence. Two jurors were removed from the trial, one of whom was in a routine consultation with an ophthalmologist. Now there is only one person left on the bench. If he is also involved in the case, then in the event of another emergency, there will be no one to change the assessors.

Furgal found a dangerous process in his body: he needs a tomography

The ex-governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sergei Furgal, said in Lefortovo that he suspected that he had started a serious illness. He asks to have a CT scan, but the investigator is in no hurry to meet him.

And the journalist Safronov is trying to refuse disinfection

Autumn at Lefortovo this year is a particularly difficult time. Some prisoners are asked to take them to a psychiatrist, others are stocking up on food (due to coronavirus, according to rumors, parcels and transfers may again be prohibited). But most of all the prisoners of this special pre-trial detention center in all senses are worried that they have begun to see their lawyers even less often, and human rights activists can communicate with them only at dusk.

How the most famous inmates live in Lefortovo now, including the ex-governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Sergei Furgal and the former Kommersant journalist and adviser to the head of Roscosmos Ivan Safronov – in the material of the MK columnist, a member of the Moscow POC.

Lefortovo is the only pre-trial detention center in the country, which, in fact, has not canceled the restrictions introduced in the first wave of coronavirus. And, if in other isolation wards long-term visits were recently allowed for those already convicted, and members of the POC calmly walked around the cells, revealing violations, then nothing of this has happened here since March.

Human rights defenders were inundated with complaints by lawyers, including those in Lefortovo. One of them is the notorious lawyer Roland Eminov, who a month ago made a statement to the UK and the Prosecutor General’s Office on the fact of violations of the rights of prisoners during the pandemic.

– All my statements and complaints were sent to the FSIN, – says Eminov. – But I am preparing new ones, I will not give up. In the latest document of the chief sanitary doctor of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, there is no requirement that prisoners communicate with lawyers through glass and using a telephone. But we still talk like that. What kind of attorney privilege can we talk about? In general, there is only one room for communication with defenders. Only 3-4 lawyers pass through it a day, so the queue has become even longer. Some cannot get to their clients for more than a month. A person’s constitutional right to defense is violated.

The ex-governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sergei Furgal, is one of the few who were allowed to speak with lawyers not through the glass and not in the room for short-term visits. In general, in “Lefortovo” they now treat him with emphasized respect (apparently, after the scandalous rumors about his beating, which were not confirmed). For the first time in recent months, employees have never interrupted our communication.

“Yesterday they brought me a huge package of letters and telegrams,” Furgal says. – There are 500 pieces. But they are all for the period from 16 to 22 July. Messages from the past. I am terribly interested in reading letters and telegrams for at least September, I don’t even dream of October. One envelope contained only a drawing of the granddaughter, and for some reason her letter was confiscated. Even in the package, I found my own letters of the summer period, that is, they did not go to the addressees, they returned to me.

Sergei Furgal says that he leads a healthy lifestyle in Lefortovo: a glass of juice for breakfast, he does three push-ups during a walk, and so on. But prison, as you know, has not made anyone healthier. And Furgal admitted that shortly before the arrest, the Khabarovsk doctors discovered one dangerous process in his body, and he needed to have a CT scan for a long time. The investigator has medical documents about this, but he does not give them to the Lefortovo medical unit. As a result, you can miss important time.

Former journalist Ivan Safronov, optimism in his eyes is clearly diminished.

“I’ve been here for a hundred days,” Ivan says. – The lawyers reported that they baked a cake at home about this. I would like to be free as soon as possible…. Here I already started to miss buckwheat, the last time it was given two weeks ago. I did not finish the story about the military commissar about which I told you.

I was told that after you wrote about him in MK, all the military commissars began to fear arrest. I filled the refrigerator with food in case of a ban on parcels and transfers, I hope I can hold out. An important point – is it possible that our cell is not disinfected on Fridays? After processing, there is a strong smell and a headache.

Other prisoners told us about the same. And they also asked for warm clothes from the warehouse (the storekeeper is in no hurry) and disposable masks in the store (now they are given rather ugly ones, similar to Santa Claus’s beard, apparently sewn by convicts from the housekeeping unit).

There is a special category of prisoners in Lefortovo who are worried about completely different things. In recent days, several prisoners at once told the members of the POC of large birds flying along the corridors of the pre-trial detention center that they were being irradiated with unknown devices and poisoned with psychotropic substances. All of them, by the way, were suspected of treason. Some were eventually taken to a psychiatrist.

“Due to the lack of real treason, the special services“ accept ”fools,” says the intelligence veteran. – In the fall, such prisoners do not control themselves well. I do not envy the Lefortovo employees.

Efremov was promised the cancellation of the sentence and freedom

According to our experts, everything goes to the point that the court of appeal can recognize that Mikhail Efremov’s rights to defense were violated in court, which means that the case of a fatal accident involving the actor must be reviewed. Complaints from lawyers against Efremov’s verdict continue to pour into the Presnensky court like a cornucopia almost every week.

7 complaints filed against the verdict

Another batch of complaints arrived on Monday, September 28th. This time, among others, the actor himself, sentenced to eight years in a general regime colony, filed a complaint. Efremov said that his behavior, in which many did not see remorse, was due to pressure from lawyer Elman Pashayev.

On Monday morning, the Presnensky Court announced the receipt of four complaints against the verdict at once. Let us remind you that there are already three complaints in court on behalf of the actor’s defenders. The first, brief, was written immediately after the verdict by the scandalous Elman Pashayev, who is credited with “merit” for such a long time.

Then the world champion in armwrestling Roman Filippov appeared on the scene, who declared himself the new lawyer of Efremov. A little later, Vladimir Vasiliev announced his intention to defend the artist. And he also filed his appeal, demanding 4 years probation for the principal. At the end of last week, his colleague, Pyotr Kharkhorin, known for his stunning victories in the courts, joined Filippov.

What happened to the complaints on Monday? This time Pashayev and his partner Yelizaveta Shargorodskaya supplemented their brief complaints, which they filed immediately after the verdict was passed. By the way, according to the law, the lawyers who participated in the process can be engaged in filing additional complaints until the materials are received by the Moscow City Court.

So, Pashayev demanded a reconsideration of the case and listed the formal reasons for this – “inadmissibility of evidence”, “violation of the Criminal Procedure Code”, inconsistency of the court’s conclusions with the actual circumstances. His colleague asked to mitigate the punishment for the actor and change the general regime of serving the sentence to a colony-settlement.

Mikhail Efremov himself, in his complaint, actually returned to where he had started – he said that he “repents of what he had done” and “pleads guilty.” For his correct position, Efremov asked the next instance to commute his sentence.

And, perhaps, the most important thing: the actor officially announced that lawyer Elman Pashayev put pressure on him. In other words, the ugly behavior of the defendant (boorish shouts from the place) and “didn’t see him, so he didn’t exist” were the result of the bad influence of the defense lawyer, who, we recall, after the trial lost the opportunity to work in the courts. It is not excluded that the idea to declare about the bad influence of the former defender Efremov was suggested by his current lawyers. After all, if it is proved that the actor was defended in an inappropriate manner, he will have the right to demand a review of the case in compliance with all his rights.

Another complaint was filed by the defender of the civil wife of the deceased driver Sergei Zakharov, Vadim Nikulin, who also asked for the sentence to be canceled. As the lawyer of Irina Sterkhova told “MK”, ​​the appeal was the result of newly discovered circumstances. Namely, she appeared after MK reported: the official wife of the deceased, Margarita Zakharova, filed for divorce shortly before the fatal accident. At the same time, in court, she, her son and the brother of the deceased talked about the idyll that allegedly reigned in their family.

– It turns out that all these people gave deliberately false testimony in court. And this is of great importance for the verdict. After all, Zakharov’s wife Margarita kept silent about the divorce statement and told how great they all lived, even mentioned the amount that the deceased brought home, – said lawyer Nikulin. He intends to be present at the consideration of appeals in the Moscow City Court and to represent the interests of his trustee Irina, a woman with whom the deceased Zakharov has lived under the same roof for more than 20 years.

According to the MK expert, lawyer Oksana Mikhalkina, the verdict can indeed be canceled – Efremov’s rights to defense were violated, and the victim turned out to be controversial.

– The newly discovered circumstances – namely, that Zakharov and Margarita were actually divorced – may lead to the cancellation of the sentence. After all, it turns out that Margarita Zakharova is a controversial victim. There were similar cases in my practice. And this gives a chance for the cancellation of the sentence, – Mikhalkina explained, adding that the cancellation of the sentence will automatically entail the cancellation of the measure of restraint for Efremov. In other words, purely theoretically, the actor can be free right after the sentence is canceled.

According to Mikhalkina, now Efremov’s lawyers and the convicted person himself must change their rhetoric and side with Irina Sterkhova. We will remind that earlier Pashayev and his client were categorically opposed to Sterkhova being recognized as a victim. After one of the meetings, at which the lawyer Pashayev was not shy in expressions, the woman left in tears.

The brother of the graduate student killed by the dismemberment historian gave frank testimony

The brother of the murdered Anastasia spoke in court in the case of the dismemberment historian Sokolov on Monday. Sergei Yeshchenko was interrogated by conference call. The girl’s parents conveyed through the lawyer Baksheeva that they were not morally ready to testify again.

The meeting began with the fact that the court removed the status of victims in the case from the parents, and lawyer Sergei Lukyanov said that he was seeing such a practice for the first time. He demanded to read out the testimony of Anastasia Yeshchenko’s parents – because at the stage of the investigation, they spoke, among other things, about their daughter’s relationship with Sokolov. The official victim in the case was the girl’s own younger brother Sergey, a professional football player. Until the age of twelve, they lived with their sister in the Krasnodar Territory. Then she went to study in St. Petersburg, and he went to the football academy in Krasnodar. We called up two or three times a month, saw each other during the holidays when Anastasia came home. Sergey saw Sokolov when he came to St. Petersburg to visit his sister in December 2017.

– She is a very strong personality, she is used to achieving everything herself. – the brother recalled the killed Nastya. – I always spoke honestly, no matter what.

– How did she behave in conflicts?

– She acted in conflicts only if she felt an unfair attitude towards herself, if they tried to influence her against her will. But she always tried to solve all the problems. She did not speak obscenely, a very well-mannered person. Most of the time in Petersburg she lived in a hostel, how long she lived with Sokolov, I don’t know.

In December 2017, Sergei came to St. Petersburg, and then his sister lived in a hostel, because before walking around the city, they gathered there. Then, after a walk, Nastya and her brother met with Sokolov and went to that very apartment on the Moika.

– She loved him. I have not heard her speak negatively about him. She said that he is a very bright person, that they have common interests, and he is a person with whom she is calm. I understand that she is pleased to be with him.

At the same time, the girl did not complain to her brother about the bad relations with the historian’s children from a previous marriage – although Sokolov’s defense and he himself insist that the couple had a conflict precisely because of the children and that Anastasia was allegedly very jealous of them.

– Yes, I knew he had children. – Sergey told in court. – She told how she sat with his children when he had to go somewhere. Sokolov repeatedly asked her to sit with them when he needed to unlearn, recently she said that she was trying to establish relations with them. She talked about Sokolov’s meetings with his ex-wife – she was afraid that during these meetings there were betrayals.

From communication with Sokolov, Sergei has an amusing memory: “We entered the store, he walked in front of us, carried a basket of groceries, gave instructions on what to take. I got the impression that he treats Nastya more like an assistant than like a beloved woman. At home, in a calm atmosphere, he enthusiastically talked about things related to history, but I was not interested, he understood it and the initiative somehow faded. “

The judge then asked about the events of the night of November 7-8, 2019. The brother and sister called up before Sokolov killed Anastasia.

“I was at home, at 1 am the phone rang – Anastasia called me. She cried, she was in a very bad condition. She said that he beat her, hit her head very hard on the floor. That evening, when she came home, she told Sokolov that a friend had invited her to his birthday. Nastya said that when she announced this, he reacted very harshly, began to beat her. When she called, she was on the street, apparently left the apartment. “

– Did she often have such emotions?

“I don’t remember any other times when she was in this state. Her voice was shaking, she was crying, she was hysterical. I asked if this was the first time Sokolov had hit her? She replied that she had hit before. Then I said that I had to leave, I didn’t have to go back to my apartment. She said that she still needed to go back, she had things there. Forty minutes later, I called Anastasia myself – she spoke in a calm voice, the background was also quiet. Only Sokolov asked: “Who is calling?” She said: “I’m talking to my brother, if you want – check.” As I understand it, she made up with Sokolov and will spend the night with him. We wished each other good night and agreed to call each other the next morning. In the morning there was no call from her, I dialed, but her number was not available. She never showed up for a day. And the very next day on the news I saw what happened. “

During the interrogation, another curious detail was revealed – the brother said that Sokolov did not contain Nastya at all, this was done by her parents and grandparents – even money for all trips abroad was sent to her from home.

Sergei told the court that he did not want money from Sokolov (“there are no material requirements”), but he wants to be punished justly, because he took his young life, and now Sergei himself, his and Nastya’s parents and grandfather and grandmother will never again they won’t see her.