Thursday, June 21, 2018

Kvachkov denies mutiny charges in Moscow City Court

Vladimir Kvachkov, the retired main intelligence department colonel, this week denied charges of an attempted armed mutiny with the goal of overthrowing Russia's constitutional order.

During arguments at the Moscow City Court, Kvachkov called the charges groundless and said that there is a right to insurrection in Russia, Itar-Tass reports.

Kvachkov said that the prosecution was unable to prove his culpability.

In previous hearings, Kvachkov denied charges of planning a mutiny, though he did acknowledge the setting up of "guerrilla units" to rebuff foreign intervention.

Prosecutor demanded on Monday that Kvachkov be sentenced to 14 years in a maximum security penitentiary, and said that the second defendant, Alexander Kiselyov, should receive 12 years in prison and that their freedom be restricted for two years after serving their sentences. The prosecutors also demanded that the defendants be stripped o their military rank, saying that their guilt had been fully proven.

Kiselyov rejected the charges of planning a mutiny, though he did admit to keeping an illegal firearm. Kiselyov said that the investigators had failed to establish a connection between him and Kvachkov and that psychological pressure was put on witnesses for the prosecution, who also threatened them with criminal prosecution, according to Itar-Tass.