"He knows too much." Man convicted in Politkovskaya murder case won’t be released on parole

"He knows too much." Man convicted in Politkovskaya murder case won’t be released on parole
Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov

The FSIN and the prosecutor's office have drastically changed their opinion about the prisoner.

Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, who is convicted of involvement in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, will most likely not be able to get out if jail on parole, Rosbalt said after the FSIN and the prosecutor’s office drastically changed their attitude towards the prisoner and began to object to his release.

Pavlyuchenkov’s lawyer, in turn, said the incident might be associated with ICR’s efforts to resume the investigation of journalist Paul Khlebnikov’s murder, in which Pavlyuchenkov is the key witness.

The lawyer recalled that the petition to release the convict on parole was first considered in Moskovsky Court of Ryazan on March 13. Federal Penitentiary Service’s representative said then that Pavlyuchenkov had rehabilitated and there were no complaints about him, so there was no objection to parole.

However, a month later, the service changed its mind. The FSIN and the prosecutor's office said that during the month that has passed from the previous hearings, Pavlyuchenkov has been reprimanded for not wearing his prisoner's tag. In this regard, Pavlyuchenkov could not be released on parole, said the prosecutor.

In turn, lawyer Karen Nersisyan said that Pavlyuchenkov, as a witness in two cases (about the murders of Politkovskaya and Khlebnikov), is under state protection, so the general measures for all prisoners cannot be applied to him.

“My client has been in prison for eight years and he was undergoing treatment all that time because he has serious health issues. He’s never had that tag at all. And then suddenly, they “noticed” that. I believe that there had been an order not to let Pavlyuchenkov go. And I believe it has a lot to do with the investigation into Khlebnikov’s murder,” Karen Nersisyan said to Rosbalt.

He added that his client’s health was deteriorating rapidly, so he would simply not live long in jail.

“But someone must want exactly that. Pavlyuchenkov knows too much,” Nersisyan stated.

Recall that in the summer of 2017, another person involved in the murder cases of Khlebnikov and Politkovskaya, the crime boss Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, died in prison.

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