- Posted June 14, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- A 24-year old is rotting alive in Russian prison.
- Defendant and his father manhandled while mother has a heart attack in the Russian courtroom.
- Punitive psychiatry and political prisoners: the Michael Kosenko edition.
- What is “Strategy 31” and what are those Russians protesting?
- Runners, bearing portraits of political prisoners, detained in Moscow.
Another Magnitsky-like case should not be allowed to happen.
As of today, 13 people are detained and despite arguably insufficient evidence, or even alibis in some cases, there is a strong possibility of a serious sentence for all of them, up to 8 years in jail.
One of these people is Alexander Kamensky. He has not even been at the Bolotnaya Square, where the clashes have happened on May 6th. He was detained at the Revolution Square, before ever getting to any place where protests were on. Nonetheless, he is being held under arrest according to the article 212 of the Criminal Code, for organizing, participation and instigation of the riots. There are witnesses who were arrested together with him that can confirm that he was nowhere near the scene of the protests. But the Basmanny Court has declined to call on these witnesses. The first round of the hearing was held on June 13th, unfortunately at the time there were no any witnesses in support of the charges. The next day three witness reports have mysteriously appeared in support of the abovementioned charges. What is making the court's decision to keep him inder arrest even more questionable, is the fact, that Alexander has had a major surgery not very long ago and needs another one shortly. Considering the case of Sergey Magnitsky, who died under arrest from lack of proper medical care, the situation is quite serious and the court's behavior might be interpreted as not just careless, but potentially criminal.