Member of Trunov OCG Aleksandr Solodkin Jr. withdrew complaint about denial of release on parole
The lawyer of the former Vice Mayor of Novosibirsk, who has been convicted for participation in an organized crime group, noted that this is not a final decision and his client may later return to parole application.
The former Deputy Mayor of Novosibirsk Aleksandr Solodkin, who had been sentenced to 8 years in a colony for participation in an organized crime group, has withdrawn his complaint concerning the denial of parole application. This was reported to TASS by his lawyer Nikolay Ukraintsev, who noted that he supported the position of his client and withdrew his application as well.
At the same time, Solodkin’s defender added that his client may later return to parole application, or apply for other forms of mitigation of punishment, including changing of detention term or payment of a fine.
Aleksandr Solodkin Junior is currently serving a sentence in IR-2 (Penal Colony), Yekaterinburg. The court convicted him to 8 years and 6 months of imprisonment and a fine of 505 thousand rubles for participation in an organized crime group. He has been under arrest since February 2010. In July 2015, the Dzerzhinsky District Court of Novosibirsk received a parole application. The court examined the application on August 18, 2016 and decided to refuse the request. The reason for refusal was the lack of interest in work or training on the part of the prisoner. The prosecutor noted that for early release, the person convicted must demonstrate it had embarked on the path of correction, that is, actively participate in the initiative and activities of the detention facility.
During the hearing, a representative of the Detention Center No. 1 (SIZO 1) Administration noted that over the 6.5 years of imprisonment, Solodkin Jr. was reprimanded only once, namely for watching TV after lights out. The prisoner reacted “politely and correctly” to the reprimand, but neither admitted his guilt nor show interest in work or training in the detention facility. In this regard, the detention facility administration, as well as the court considered the decision on Solodkin Jr.’s early release inappropriate.
Let us recall that July 17 the Supreme Court reduced the sentence of Aleksandr Solodkin Jr. by six months, that is, to 8 years, reversing the verdict with regard to allegations of swindling. The court left the verdict of his father, the former Adviser to the Governor of Novosibirsk Aleksandr Solodkin Sr., unchanged. In November 2015, the court found Solodkin Sr. and Jr. to be influential members of a criminal organization, the so-called Trunovskaya group, operating in the region from the late 1990s to 2009. In 2012, the group organizer Aleksandr Trunov was sentenced to 22 years of imprisonment; a number of OCG members were sentenced to lengthy imprisonments.
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