Alexander Shestun taken to Lefortovo jail. Why?
Lawyers believe to foil participation in elections.
Alexander Shestun, Head of Serpukhov district of the Moscow region arrested on suspicion of exceeding authority, is being transferred from detention center No. 5 to remand facility No. 2 Lefortovo, spokesperson for the official Vlada Rusina informed Znak.com. According to Rusina, this way Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia officers try to prevent Shestun from running for new head of the district.
The spokeswoman for Shestun told that in the morning his lawyer and a notary visited him in the pretrial detention center to certify a power of attorney in his name to submit documents for participation in the election of the head of Serpukhov district. However, neither lawyer nor notary was allowed to see the detainee. The Head of the detention facility, Denis Popusha, explained that Shestun was being transferred to Lefortovo.
Rusina links Shestun's transfer to another detention center to the aim to deprive his lawyers of the opportunity to meet him. According to her, if Shestun is moved today (July 18), the lawyer will be able to get to him not earlier than in a week. This way the arrested official will fail to register as a candidate.
In early July, the Head of the Central Electoral Commission, Ella Pamfilova, stated that FSIN was obliged to issue and sign all documents Shestun needed to run for office. A similar statement was made by the Presidential Adviser for Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov.
Shestun’s wife Yulia told that back in June he repeatedly tried to make sure his power of attorney was certified by the Head of detention center No. 5, Denis Popusha. Thus, the interests of Shestun as a candidate for the post of head of Serpukhov district could be represented by his close associate. However, Popusha refused to sign anything without obtaining permission from the investigator dealing with the official's case.
June 14 Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Alexander Shestun for two months. He was accused of exceeding authority, which led to the damage to Serpukhov district for 62 million rubles ($982.8 thousand). According to Shestun himself, the criminal case against him is the revenge of the Governor of the Moscow region, Andrey Vorobyov, and representatives of the FSB, who allegedly demanded that he not participate in the elections.
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