Blogger Davidych serves sentence before being sent to penal colony
The court released the convict for fraud because of the expiration of statute of limitations.
Erik Kituashvili, the founder of the auto-community Smotra.ru, better known as the blogger Davidych, was released from custody due to the expiration of the statute of limitations on criminal episodes and the length of his stay in the pre-trial detention facility. The court sentenced the blogger in October and by the end of November he should have been released, the news agency Moskva reports.
Kituashvili participated at the court hearing via video conference call from the Matrosskaya Tishina detention facility. About a hundred people came to support him.
According to the investigators, the blogger and street-drafter Kituashvili and his civil wife Anna Kaganskaya staged a theft of expensive cars, thanks to which they received insurance payments. The investigation estimated the damage to the insurance companies at 10 million rubles ($ 150,000).
The defendant himself pleaded innocent and stated that his criminal case was framed up. The European Court of Human Rights found the blogger innocent and ordered Russia to pay Kituashvili 2,100 Euros. The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation declared the arrest of the blogger illegal.
Law enforcement officers detained Kituashvili in February 2016, Kagasnkaya was detained in March of the same year. On October 19, the Dorogomilovsky Court of Moscow sentenced the blogger to 4.8 years in a general regime colony, and his wife to 3.2 years. The term was recalculated, according to the formula “one day in a detention facility equals one and a half days in a colony and two days under house arrest equal one day in a colony.”
On December 6, the Moscow City Court considered the defense’s complaint against the sentence and quashed the decision of the first instance court, after which ruled to release the defendants, and lift an attachment of their property.
The Investigations Directorate in the Leningrad Region of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (ICR) is going through turbulent times. After an unexpected replacement of the supreme command, the winds of change started blowing. Colonel of justice Pavel Vymenets, the new acting head of the agency, launched personnel reshuffles. According to sources, all means are used to purge the ranks from corrupt officers, including collection of compromising materials and denunciations.