Journalist Alexander Sokolov brought new accusation


That investigators re-indicted the journalist Alexander Sokolov told his lawyer Dmitry Disne. Sokolov, according to the new indictment, charged under article 282.2 of the criminal code — organization of an extremist organization, which was banned in Russia. According to Dinze, the incriminated article is not changed, investigators have eliminated some gaps in the evidence base.

According to the same article accused the former editor of newspaper “Duel” Yury Mukhin and his colleagues Valery Parfenov and Cyril Barabash.

Sokolov accused charged with the fact that he registered the website of the group for the referendum “For a responsible power” and also distributed leaflets and messages in the network on a banned organization. The investigators considered the continuation of the movement, previously recognized by the court as extremist organization. Sokolov denies any wrongdoing and insists that he is being persecuted including for professional services.

The prosecution Sokolova criticized by Russian and international human rights activists. November 3, 2015 the human rights centre “memorial” recognized Sokolov and arrested along with him Mukhina and Parfenov political prisoners, demanding to stop their criminal prosecution. Commissioners for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova in June this year sent to the Prosecutor General requesting to verify the lawfulness and legality of the decisions taken in the case of Sokolov.

New charges Sokolov filed after the Prosecutor’s office for the Central administrative district (TSAO) of Moscow have found a defect in the materials of the investigation and asked the investigators to correct them.

“As a result, more investigators described the crime, added new evidence to present Sokolova act as a fait accompli, and not an attempted criminal act”, — said Dinze.

Now, according to the Criminal procedure code (CPC), Sokolov and others involved in the case are coming to see the updated content of the case then it will be forwarded to the court

The prosecution Sokolova criticized by Russian and international human rights activists. November 3, 2015 the human rights centre “memorial” recognized Sokolov and arrested along with him Mukhina and Parfenov political prisoners, demanding to stop their criminal prosecution. Commissioners for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova in June this year sent to the Prosecutor General requesting to verify the lawfulness and legality of the decisions taken in the case of Sokolov.

On 1 August, “reporters without borders” has urged the Russian authorities to immediately release the journalist-investigator for freedom. His last major investigation was devoted to the embezzlement and theft, committed during the construction of the Vostochny space centre, recalled, “reporters without borders”. Sokolov discovered the facts, as suggested by human rights activists, later confirmed the audit chamber, as in December 2015, she stated revealed “financial irregularities” related to this project, for an amount close to the one called journalist — 93 billion.

  

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