Felgengauer asks Putin about Sechin, Ulyukaev, Serebrennikov, Oleg Navalny and Geremeev

Felgengauer asks Putin about Sechin, Ulyukaev, Serebrennikov, Oleg Navalny and Geremeev
Tatyana Felgengauer after Putin’s answer

Felgengauer’s question about the situation with the “rule of law” concerned many situations, while Putin replied to it only partially.

When answering the question of Ekho Moskvy journalist Tatyana Felgengauer at the press conference, President Vladimir Putin said that Rosneft Head Igor Sechin “probably should have attended the hearing” in the case of former Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukaev.

At the same time, Putin stressed that, in his view, there was no violation of the law.

Felgengauer’s question about the situation with the “rule of law” concerned many situations, while Putin replied to it only partially.

“What we have here is two different legal realities. In one of them, a real repressive machine actively works, when criminal cases are initiated over reposts, SMS messages, when Oleg Navalny is servicing a sentence on unfounded charges (which has been proven in the European Court of Human Rights), when the case of Kirill Serebrennikov is under investigation, and when Alexey Malobrodsky is in a detention facility. And then there’s the other reality, in which Boris Nemtsov was killed, and Ruslan Geremeev is not interrogated as the investigator has not been allowed to even see him. Andrey Turchak has not been questioned as part of the attempt on journalist Oleg Kashin. Igor Sechin, the head of Rosneft, did not attend a hearing of particular importance in the case of Alexey Ulyukaev, ignoring all summons; surely, any other citizen would have been forcibly taken to court, as what we see here is contempt of court. But Igor Sechin gets away with all of it. How can we talk about the rule of law, when these two different legal realities co-exist in our country?” the journalist asked.

“I agree with you, we do have plenty of problems; but I don’t agree that there are two different legal realities. As for Sechin and his failure to appear in court, if there is any violation of law, the law should have reacted correspondingly to this. But as I see it – and I have looked into this incident, as I had seen the public reaction – there was no violation of the law. The investigation believes that sufficient materials have been collected, including Sechin’s testimony. But I can't argue with you there, Sechin probably should have attended the hearing – it’s not so hard, is it? He should have repeated the testimony he gave during the preliminary investigation and questioning,” Putin said. “As for the fact that someone is serving his sentence, and you think it’s unfounded – well, you may think as you wish, it’s the investigative bodies who decide. There is only one authority that can resolve the dispute, it’s the court. We will have to further strengthen our judicial legal system."

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