Colonel Zakharchenko mentions singer Tsoy during his last speech in court
The colonel insists that he is innocent and asks to release him.
Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko has delivered his last words in court. He pleaded not guilty and stated he longed for changes.
Tsoy has a song ‘Our hearts long for changes’. And it really reflects the reality. I ask for, your honor, changes in my life. I want to change my residence. I ask you to release me,” Zakharchenko stated.
He added that court ought to be dispassionate and fair while delivering a sentence. With that, the Colonel noted he got used to the court and prosecution during the investigation. He concluded he is ready to handle it all.
The CrimeRussia had reported Zakharchenko had repeatedly made provocative statements during the investigation. For instance, he promised the judge to go to a restaurant where - according to the investigation - he had met a restaurant owner he had extorted money from.
Ex-employee of the anti-corruption office of Russia’s MIA stated that the description of the restaurant by a witness contradicted reality. Moreover, Zakharchenko told the judge not to eat there, as he was concerned about her health.
The prosecution asked for 15.5 years in a strict regime colony and a 494 million rubles ($7.6 million) fine for Zakharchenko.
Around 9 billion rubles ($140 million) were found in Zakharchenko’s apartment and apartments of his relatives during the searches.