Saturday, August 19, 2017

Court sets deadline for reading materials in mutiny case

The Basmanny court in Moscow set a September 21 deadline for reading case materials for the lawyers of Vladimir Kvachkov, who stands accused of masterminding a mutiny.

Investigator Konstantin Golodyzhko previously told the court that the defendant was familiarizing himself with the case at a satisfactory pace, though the investigator now says the lawyers only studied an insignificant portion of the documents and are deliberately delaying the proceedings, Itar-Tass reports.

"At present, the lawyers say they wish to see all the case materials, i.e. listen to 54 hours of audio records. What prevented them from listening to them before?" the investigator said, according to Itar-Tass.

Alexei Pershin, Kvachkov's lawyer, asked for a reasonable time frame to study the case because it contains 50 hours of audio files alone. Dmitry Nikitsky, Kvachkov's other lawyer, said that the time restrictions violate Kvachkov's rights.

Kvachkov, a retired colonel from the Main Intelligence Department, is suspected of attempting to organize an armed mutiny and of recruiting or involving persons in terrorism.

Kvachkov was arrested on the testimony of a regional leader of the Naradnoye Opolcheniye organization that he leads, Itar-Tass reports.

The chief of Narodnoye Opolcheniye's Togliatti office was apprehended in summer 2010 and testified against Kvachkov after 10 days in custody.

"According to the testimony, there was a person in Togliatti, who sent two groups of people, armed with crossbows, to a forest to begin an armed uprising," Kvachkov said, Itar-Tass reports.

In 2005, Kvachkov was the key suspect in the case of the assassination attempt on the life of chief of the RAO UES electric utility Chubais, though he was found not guilty and later won $13,800 in damages.

Kvachkov has undergone psychiatric examination twice, once as part of the Chubais case, Itar-Tass reports.