Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Mutiny case against Vladimir Kvachkov to begin in Moscow

The trial of retired Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov will begin in the Moscow City Court on Thursday with the preliminary hearing taking place behind closed doors.

Kvachkov was accused of attempting to mastermind a mutiny. The charges are under two articles of the Criminal Code - Article 279 and Article 30, Part 1, which covers attempting to organize an armed mutiny, and Article 205, Part 1, which covers recruiting or involving persons in terrorism, Itar-Tass reports.

Kvachkov claimed innocence, saying that the charges were far-fetched. He said that his arrest was in relation to the testimony of a regional leader of the Narodnooye Opolcheniye (Militia) organization he leads.

In the summer of 2010, the chief of Narodnoye Opocheniye's Togliatti office was apprehended and taken into custody, where he testified against Kvachkov after 10 days.

"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.

Kvachkov said that the statements were distorted so that Narodnoye Opolcheniye and other similar militia organizations such as Minin and Pozharsky's could be shown as terrorist groups.

"There are no facts to support the case," Kvachkov said, according to Itar-Tass.

A Yekaterinburg court has already convicted other defendants in the case.

Kvachkov was the key suspect following the assassination attempt on the life of chief of RAO EUS electric utility Anatoly Chubais in 2005. All defendants in the case were found not guilty after an eight hour court session in 2010. Kvachkov later won $14,500 in a damages suit.

Kvachkov has undergone a psychiatric examination twice, the first time as part of the Chubais attack case, Itar-Tass reports.