Three media leaders come to Prosecutor General Chaika speaking against Ustinov’s illegal conviction
Venediktov, Sindeeva and Muratov demanded that the Prosecutor General cancel Ustinov’s sentence.
The chief editor of Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow), Alexei Venediktov, the general director of Dozhd (Rain), Natalya Sindeeva, and the chairman of Novaya Gazeta’s editorial board, Dmitry Muratov, filed a complaint with the prosecutor general of Russia, Yuri Chaika, against the verdict wrongfully delivered to actor Pavel Ustinov, announced Alexei Venediktov on his Telegram channel.
The complaint states that Novaya Gazeta’s photo correspondents and Dozhd’s journalists were eyewitnesses to Ustinov’s detention and filmed the process. The footage indicates that the actor had not committed the crime he was charged with and moreover, he became the victim of the unlawful use of physical force and special means by the Rosgvardiya employees.
During the trial, the judge refused to attach the video footage to the case. “Such a refusal by the court should be regarded as the reason for reviewing the sentence in a higher court,” the signatories say.
According to Venediktov, Sindeeva and Muratov, the Tverskoy court committed significant violations of the criminal procedure law. Venediktov, Sindeeva and Muratov demanded that Chaika obtain the cancellation of Ustinov’s sentence.
Earlier, the Tverskoy court of Moscow sentenced Pavel Ustinov to 3.5 years in prison. He was accused of using violence against Rosgvardiya officers; however, the defendant did not plead guilty and stated that he did not mean to be in the protest rally. Several Russian celebrities stood up for the man.