Two defendants in case of Novoye Velichiye slit wrists in courtroom

Two defendants in case of Novoye Velichiye slit wrists in courtroom

The defendants, who are considered involved in terrorism, have been in jail for more than a year.

At a hearing on the criminal case of the Novoye Velichiye movement in Moscow’s Lublinsky District Court, defendants Ruslan Kostylenkov and Vyacheslav Kryukov slit their wrists after the judge refused to release them from custody, the RTVI channel reported, referring to lawyer Alexander Lupashko. 

“I believe that managed to carry either a piece of glass or a piece of a blade there,” Lupashko said.

According to the defender, before injuring themselves, young people shouted “this is an unfair trial” and “Glory to Russia, freedom for Russia, freedom for political prisoners”.

“They just lost their nerves, they have been in custody for over a year,” Kostylenkov’s lawyer Svetlana Sidorkina explained to Mediazona

There are ten persons involved in the movement’s case. About half of them are under house arrest, the rest are in custody. According to the defense team, their clients became victims of a provocation by an investigator of the MIA’s Center “E”. One of the defendants, Rustam Rustamov, received a year and a half probation in March 2019.

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