Ex-deputy of Alushta city council beaten in temporary detention facility

Ex-deputy of Alushta city council beaten in temporary detention facility
Pavel Stepanchenko

As former Deputy of the Alushta city council Pavel Stepanchenko, accused of mediation in extortion, stated at the preliminary hearings in the city court, he had been beaten by the head of a temporary detention facility.

His sister Tatyana Zubkova told this to the Dozhd TV Channel.

The court hearing, during which Stepanchenko levelled accusations at the detention center administration, was held on June 2. The former deputy said that during a search in his cell, the head of the temporary detention facility took away his application for medical examination and struck him several blows.

Meanwhile, according to the lawyer of the second defendant in this case, Alushta blogger Aleksey Nazimov, Stepanchenko had tense relations with the facility's administration.

It should be noted that Nazimov is accused under part 2 of Art. 163 of the Russian Criminal Code (Extortion committed by a group of persons on a large scale), and Stepanchenko is charged with complicity. Earlier, both suspects were charged under Article 204 of the Code (Commercial bribery); at the same time, Stepanchenko appeared in the case as an intermediary.

Commander of the Alushta Samooborona (Self-Defense) unit and a member of the United Russia Aleksandr Ryzhkov is a victim in the case. According to his testimony, Nazimov claimed 150,000 rubles ($2.6 thousand) from him in exchange for absence of criticism against members of the United Russia in his publications in the online edition Tvoya Gazeta, and Stepanchenko acted as a mediator.

On Friday, the Alushta City Court extended the term of detention for 6 months for th accused. Both defendants do not plead guilty.




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