Public Chamber to seek dismissal of public monitoring commission head who throws support to Tsepovyaz
Natalia Okhotnikova who called a member of a Tsapki gang “a philanthropist descended from a renowned family of farmers” is facing dismissal.
Member of the Russia’s Public Chamber Diana Gurtskaya has proposed to dismiss Natalia Okhotnikova, head of the public monitoring commission in Amur region, who had on her Instagram thrown support behind Viacheslav Tsepovyaz convicted for mass murders in a stanitsa (a large village) of Kushchevskaya.
Okhotnikova had called the member of the Tsapki gang “a philanthropist descended from a renowned family of farmers” and said “he had never hurt anyone.” RBC reports.
Diana Gurtskaya has expressed her deep resentment about the position taken by Okhotnikova and believes the latter should be dismissed from office. Gurtskaya is intent on raising the issue during the Public Chamber’s meeting and handing a petition to the public monitoring commission in Amur region.
“Natalia Okhotnikova should be dismissed from the post of the Chairwoman and member of the public monitoring commission. I am really sorry about the fact that the Russia’s Public Chamber had in due time backed her candidacy from a perception that she had been proposed by civic activists in the regions. She apologised to all the relatives of the victims of the Kushchevskaya gang.” Gurtskaya said.
She reminded that one of the victims of the “philanthropist descended from a renowned family of farmers” was a 9-month-old Amira who “was burnt alive by the gang’s members.” “They ought to repent and pray for forgiveness instead of posing for a photo and preparing barbecue.” Gurtskaya concluded.
As CrimeRussia had earlier reported, Viacheslav Tsepovyaz had found himself in the crosshairs following the publication of the photos showing him preparing barbecue and eating crab meat and caviar in the colony.
The Federal Penal Correction Service stated that the pictures had been taken in 2015. Head of the Investigative Committee of Russia Aleksander Bastrykin reported that the Committee’s central office would monitor the actions of the colony’s employees - with the Prosecutor-General’s Office demanding to open a criminal case against the colony’s authorities.
Viacheslav Tsepovyaz was an accomplice of a leader of the Tsapki gang. The gang’s members murdered 12 persons in the stanitsa of Kushchevskaya in November, 2010. Tsepovyaz was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment and a 200 thousand rubles ($3 thousand) fine.