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Another collateral damage in the biggest political case in modern day Russia: defendant’s mother dies at the age of 65.
On September 5th, 2013, Nina Kosenko passed away. Her son, Mikhail Kosenko, is now one of the 28 defendants in what has become the biggest political case in today’s Russia – the so-called Bolotnaya case. Mikhail is currently in prison, awaiting trial. He’s oblivious to his loss, since the news of his mother’s illness and subsequent death haven’t gotten through to him.
What is the Bolotnaya case all about? On May 6th, 2012, a peaceful protest rally – sanctioned by the authorities – took place on Bolotnaya square in Moscow. In the following days and months, 28 protesters have been arrested and charged with organizing and participating in mass riots. Even though their guilt has not yet been proved and there’s no reason to believe that they can present a danger to the society, they have been kept in prison for over a year now. What’s more, some of them are suffering from serious medical conditions and over the course of their imprisonment their health has considerably deteriorated. Add here sleep and food deprivation they are subjected to, allegedly due to complicated procedures of transfer to the courthouse and back, - and you’ll get a major abuse of justice and human rights.
In the end of July, Milhail’s sister Ksenia wrote to him about their mother’s worsening condition. The letter, however, was turned down by censorship, so Kosenko never got to read it. Today Ksenia, along with lawyers and human rights advocates, are doing everything in their power to obtain the court’s permission for Mikhail to be temporarily released so that he could attend his mother’s funeral. Given the previous record of the Bolotnaya case, there is quite a bit of doubt that they are going to succeed.
Kosenko himself is suffering from a schizotypal personality disorder, but is denied his medication and qualified medical service. (He’s not the only one to experience inhumane and brutal treatment from Putin’s jailers. His inmate Vladimir Akimenkov is rapidly losing what little is left of his eyesight. A couple of days back, another inmate of theirs, Yaroslav Belousov had a blood pressure spike while in court, so a doctor had to be summoned, yet the patient was ordered to remain in custody.)
Is there any line that the Putin’s regime wouldn’t cross? Is there any other country considered civilized, where an innocent and handicapped man would not be able to see his dying mother and even after she’s no more, would be denied the right to pay her his last filial respects?
Update. Michael Kosenko was not allowed to attend his mother's funeral. His guilt has not yet been proven in court. What kind of justice system does that to an innocent person?
Text by Irina Serova, edited by Larisa Privalskaya
Photo by Dmitry Borko for Grani.ru and by Novaya Gazeta