Arrested civil rights activist tells about drugs planted on him

Arrested civil rights activist tells about drugs planted on him
Martin Kochesokov

The co-chairman of the Democratic Congress of the Peoples of Russia was accused of illegal possession of marijuana.

Police officers planted over 260 grams of marijuana on a public figure Martin Kochesokov during detention, the accused said at a hearing in the Supreme Court of Kabardino-Balkaria. According to Kochesokov, about three weeks before his detention, he helped organize an interregional round table on the problems of federalism in Russia, after which a certain official came to his family with a “proposal” to reduce civil activity, writes the human rights center Memorial.

Kochesokov is one of the chairmen of the Democratic Congress of the Peoples of Russia, the head of the Circassian public organization Khabze. On June 7, employees of the MIA’s Center for Countering Extremism for the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic stopped the activist’s car and seized packages with 263.4 grams of marijuana during the inspection. Kochesokov claims that they were planted, and he was forced to admit guilt.

On June 9, the court took Kochesokov into custody for two months on charges of illegal acquisition and possession of drugs. Under this article, he faces from three to ten years in a penal colony.

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