Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Prosecutor requests stiff sentences for defendants in Kvachkov case

Prosecutor Alexander Remizov requested a 14-year prison sentence for retired Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov and a 12 year prison sentence for alleged collaborator Alexander Kiselyov during a Monday plea proceeding in the Moscow City Court.

Vladimir Kvachkov, the former Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian General Staff, has been charged with the attempted organization of an armed rebellion. According to the indictment, Kvachkov enlisted a number of parties, including defendant Alexander Kiselyov, to travel to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Samara and recruit individuals to participate in an armed rebellion against the federal government, according to Itar-Tass.

In court, Remizov said that Kiselyov gathered 10 would-be rebels and weapons in St. Petersburg from April through July 2010. On July 10, 2010, Kvachkov allegedly instructed the group to prepare for an uprising against the government and issued a start date for the attack.

The group initially planned to seize buildings occupied by the Interior Ministry, the Federal Security Service and the Emergency Situations Ministry of Kovrov. Kvachkov's plan never materialized due to circumstances beyond his control.

Both Kvachkov and Kiselyov have pled not guilty to charges of "an attempt to organize an armed rebellion" and "recruitment or involvement in individuals in terrorists activities" under the RF Criminal Code. Kiselyov also pled not guilty of "illegal possession of arms and explosives," Itar-Tass reports.

"Despite the fact that Kvachkov and Kiselyov pleaded not guilty, the judicial investigation found full evidence of their guilt", Remizov said, according to Itar-Tass.

Remizov has requested that Kvachkov's 14-year sentence and Kiselyov's 12-year sentence be carried out in a high security prison facility coupled with a two-year supervisory period following the defendants' releases.