The Moscow court recognized the reprimands to the convicted activist Kotov who, because of them, may not be released on parole

The Moscow court recognized the reprimands to the convicted activist Kotov who, because of them, may not be released on parole

The Perovskiy Court of Moscow dismissed a lawsuit concerning disciplinary sanctions against activist Konstantin Kotov, who is serving a sentence in a correctional colony in the Vladimir region in the case of repeated violations of the rules of mass actions. TASS reports.

Kotov contested three reprimands, which in the future may affect the decision on his parole. The lawsuit noted that Kotov’s lawyer Maria Eismont was not allowed to attend the meetings of the disciplinary commission, but the court recognized these actions of the colony employees as legal. Kotov himself considers the penalties, which became the subject of the lawsuit, illegal, and the offenses themselves are insignificant and caused by the fact that the administration of the colony does not fulfill its duties. Kotov demanded that the actions of the colony administration be declared illegal, as well as the personal file and records from the cameras and video recorders of the colony employees be reclaimed.

The first two reprimands were issued to Kotov in the winter for accepting warm gloves from another convict: according to the lawyers, the colony employees for a long time refused to give him the gloves sent by his father from the warehouse, and another convict, who also received a reprimand for this, gave him his extra pair The third reprimand was issued for the fact that Kotov did not greet the operative in January, although neither the FSIN officer himself nor other members of the detachment did this. Several months later, in June, Kotov was sent to a punishment cell for 10 days for a similar reason: then the officer was behind Kotov’s back, and that day they had already greeted twice.

Last fall activist Konstantin Kotov was sentenced by four years in prison for repeated violations of the established procedure for organizing or holding a meeting, meeting, demonstration, march or picketing. Prosecution witnesses – 13 police officers – said that the defendant participated in an uncoordinated rally on August 10, shouted slogans and gave interviews. The Dozhd TV channel found a recording of Kotov’s arrest and reported that the video shows how Kotov left the metro without chanting anything, and after half a minute was detained.

The updated accusation contained five episodes: participation in a gathering in support of the arrested anarchist Azat Miftakhov (March 2), participation in a gathering “In Defense of the New Generation” near the FSB building (May 13), participation in an action in support of Ivan Golunov and against falsification of criminal cases (June 12), a call to go to Trubnaya Square on July 19 due to the denial of opposition candidates for elections to the Moscow City Duma (July 15), participation in a walk after a rally agreed by the authorities for fair elections (August 10).

At the four above-mentioned events, the activist was detained, and later they drew up protocols on him about violation of the rules of participation in the action. On these charges, he was imprisoned under administrative arrest or fines. An exception was the action on Trubnaya: although Kotov was not detained there, but later, on July 24, he was arrested due to charges of calling to participate in it.

In January, Vladimir Putin instructed the Prosecutor General’s Office to verify the legality of the sentence to Kotov. The Constitutional Court ruled to reconsider the sentence, but the Supreme Court refused to change the decision, reducing Kotov’s prison term from four years up to one and a half.


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