Novosibirsk corruption fighter posthumously condemned in case of extortion
Pavel Podyachev died of a stroke in a pre-trial detention center in November last year while awaiting the verdict.
On Friday, July 14, the Sovetsky District Court of Novosibirsk announced the verdict to the former head of the public organization Bezopasny Rayon ('Safe District') Pavel Podyachev. According to Novaya Gazeta, the court found the public official guilty of extortion of 2 million rubles ($33.8 thousand) from Deputy of the Legislative Assembly from the United Russia party, Academician of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Nikolay Pokhilenko, and ordered the termination of the case in connection with the defendant's death.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, Pavel Podyachev, who was investigating the corruption in the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), became a defendant in the criminal case after loud scandals surrounding the academy, caused by his investigations. Serious health problems prevented Podyachev from living up to the sentence – he died in November 2016 in prison, having served 1 year and 9 months.
After his death, more than a hundred activists of the Siberian city made an open letter urging to stop the criminal prosecution of the deceased fighter against corruption.
Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.