Saturday, June 23, 2018

Yekaterinburg court will consider trial of alleged Kvachkov accomplice

In June, a court in the city of Yekaterinburg will consider the issue of the criminal prosecution or the referral to mental treatment of Alexander Yermakov, an alleged accomplice of an organized mutiny.

Yermakov is currently under doctor supervision in a pre-trial detention center. Yermakov was allegedly a member of the All-Russia Minin and Pozharsky Volunteer Movement that meant to seize power throughout Russia in stages. Retired GRU Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov allegedly organized the plot, Itar-Tass reports.

"(Doctors have noted Yermakov's) unstable mental condition and recommend to send him for treatment," the press service of the Sverdlovsk regional court, said, according to Itar-Tass. "In this connection, a court hearing is scheduled for early June at which it will be decided if Yermakov should be sent to a mental hospital or kept in the pre-trial detention facility."

After a court meeting, it will be determined if charges should be made against Yermakov for abetting terrorist activities and illegal carrying, transportation, storage, sale, transfer or acquisition of weapons and explosives, or if he should be referred to compulsory mental hospital treatment.

The first stage of the movement allegedly led by Kvachkov would have involved the assassination of heads of power structures and the Jewish diaspora in the Sverdlovsk region along with sabotage to eliminate power stations and electric transmission lines in the area. The investigation into Kvachkov was completed in December. The defendant and his lawyers are currently familiarizing themselves with materials related to the investigation.