The criminal case of the journalist handed over to the court

The consequence has directed to court the case of journalist Alexander Sokolov. This was told by his lawyer Dmitry Dinze. But while the side protection is not known which court received the case, said the defender.

Sokolov, as well as editor of “Duel” Mukhin and their like-minded Valery Parfenov was arrested in July 2015. Later, detention was and their friend Kirill Barabash.

The idea of a referendum

All of them were charged in the organization of an extremist community, is prohibited in Russia (article 282.2 of the Criminal code). According to investigators, falcons and other defendants in the case were part of the organization “Army of the will of the people” (AVN), which in 2010 banned the Moscow city court.

But the defendants disagreed with this court decision, it follows from the investigation — they changed the organization’s name to the Initiative group for a referendum “for the responsible authority” (IGC CALL) and continued to ensure its activity.

In particular, Sokolov blamed the fact that he registered the organization’s website.

A new community, as prohibited the organization advocated for the referendum and the enactment of a law that would allow citizens to evaluate the work of the authorities — the President, deputies, senators, after the expiry of their powers.

Suffered as a journalist

Sokolov himself had not pleaded guilty and the court has repeatedly stated that the referendum cannot be considered as illegal actions. He also associated his prosecution with the professional activities: shortly before his arrest, he spent several high-profile corruption investigations, including the investigation of the construction of the cosmodrome “East”.

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.

Also on Tuesday the Moscow city court must decide the question of extending the measure of restraint Sokolov.