Poor conditions in Lefortovo pre-trial detention center interfere with Zakharchenko’s meetings with lawyers

Poor conditions in Lefortovo pre-trial detention center interfere with Zakharchenko’s meetings with lawyers

September 23, legal representative of MIA Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, who is charged under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code, spent the whole day outside of Lefortovo detention center trying to meet with his client.

As Yury Novikov reported to RBC, the Colonel, who had been arrested by the Presnensky Court for 2 months the other day, told the Public Oversight Commission representatives that his lawyers were not allowed to visit him, and asked the human rights defenders to contact Aleksandr Lebedevich and Yury Novikov.

Yury Novikov, who came to visit Zakharchenko on the following day, was not allowed to see him.

According to him, he has not received any official interdiction for visiting his client in the pre-trial detention center. Difficulties in conducting meetings with the person under investigation are rather caused by technical reasons and internal jail regulations.

A number of meetings with lawyers is assigned every day for pretrial inmates, since there are not many meeting rooms, while prisoners, on the other hand, are numerous.

Lawyers book meetings with their clients on different days of the week, but even in this case not all of them get the chance to see the pretrial inmates.

It is worth noting that this is not just about Zakharchenko’s case; lawyers of Varvara Karaulova, who is accused of an attempt to join the Islamic State, and who is also detained in Lefortovo, have earlier complained about similar situation.

Let us recall that the former Acting Head of the Department T of the MIA Main Directorate for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption Dmitry Zakharchenko had been transferred to Lefortovo pre-trial detention center from the Temporary Containment Cell on Petrovka on September 19. On the eve of his transfer, during a meeting with rights defenders, Zakharchenko was very nervous, because he feared he would be tortured in pre-trial detention.

The Colonel was arrested by FSB and ICR officers on September 8. Currency in the amount of 8.5 rubles had been found in his sister's apartment, which is a record amount seized from Russian corrupt officials.

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