The investigation ruled out the wording about the “loosening of the political situation in the direction of instability and overthrow the government by illegal means” of the charges against the journalist Alexander Sokolov, said in a statement his mother Natalia Sokolova received in the office . The document notes that in the near future the investigation will be completed and the reporter will get acquainted with the materials.
Special correspondent Sokolov was arrested on 29 July 2015. 15 June 2016 Khamovniki court extended his arrest until July 25. Together with Sokolov defendants in the case are former editor of the newspaper “Duel” Yury Mukhin and his colleagues Valery Parfenov and Cyril Barabash. They were charged with were charged under article “organization of an extremist organization” (282.2 of the criminal code).
According to investigators, Sokolov, “positioning themselves as opposition-oriented face to the public authorities”, has registered the website of the initiative group for the referendum “For the responsible authority”. As stated in the materials of the case, falcons and other defendants in the case “under the pretext of the organization and conduct of referendum” was going to continue the activities of the movement “army of the will of the people” (AVN) recognized by the court as extremist organization in the fall of 2010.
In the original prosecution stated that the defendants were going to spread extremist materials and their actions threatened the political system of the country: they allegedly called for the overthrow of the government and the loosening of the political situation. In the new edition speaks only of the distribution of materials without specifying the purpose and consequences of this.
In the capital Department of the Investigative Committee failed to promptly respond to a request for comment. Lawyers of Sokolov on Thursday was unavailable for comment.
Sokolov himself insists that the activities of the group “For responsible power” was not extremism, as the only purpose of the organization, according to its Statute, was a referendum on the adoption of the law on the responsibility of the government.
Reducing the amount of charges will facilitate the protection of Sokolov and his colleagues, says lawyer Ivan Pavlov. “But even on one point he can be sentenced as if points was ten,” said Pavlov.
Earlier Sokolov complained about the actions of the investigation and unjustified continued detention. He sent an appeal to the Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova. On 17 June, the Ombudsman said that he had forwarded the complaint to the Prosecutor of Sokolov.
Treatment Sokolova will also consider the European court of human rights.
In November the human rights center “memorial” recognized Sokolova, Mukhina, Barabash and Parfenov political prisoners and demanded an end to the case against them. In December, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a big press conference in response to a reporter’s question about who is in jail Sokolov has promised to investigate the situation. About Sokolova: if he sits for some of the revelations about the East, if that’s the case, of course, I can help your publication,” — said Putin.