Journalist Alexander Sokolov in the Khamovniki court
Photo: Vladislav Shatilo/RBC
The consequence has directed to court the case to the investigative Committee Alexander Sokolov, who is charged with organizing activities of an extremist community. He does not recognize his guilt and believes that criminal prosecution is related to his professional activities
The consequence has directed to court the case to the investigative Committee Alexander Sokolov. About it RBC was told by his lawyer Dmitry Dinze. But while the side protection is not known which court received the case, said the defender.
Sokolov, as well as editor of “Duel” Mukhin and their like-minded Valery Parfenov was arrested in July 2015. Later, detention was and their friend Kirill Barabash.
The idea of a referendum
All of them were charged with organizing activities of an extremist community, is prohibited in Russia (article 282.2 of the Criminal code). According to investigators, falcons and other defendants in the case were part of the organization “Army of the will of the people” (AVN), which in 2010 banned the Moscow city court.
But the defendants disagreed with this court decision, it follows from the version of the investigation, they changed the organization’s name to the Initiative group for a referendum “for the responsible authority” (IGC CALL) and continued to ensure its activity.
In particular, Sokolov blamed the fact that he registered the organization’s website.
A new community, as prohibited the organization, advocated the referendum and the adoption of a law that would allow citizens to evaluate the work of the authorities — the President, deputies, senators, after the expiry of their powers.
Suffered as a journalist
Sokolov himself had not pleaded guilty and the court has repeatedly stated that the referendum cannot be considered as illegal actions. He also associated his prosecution with the professional activities: shortly before his arrest, he spent several high-profile corruption investigations, including the investigation of the construction of the Vostochny space centre.
November 3, 2015 the human rights centre “memorial” recognized Sokolov and arrested along with him Mukhina and Parfenov political prisoners, demanding to stop their criminal prosecution. Commissioners for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova in June this year sent to the Prosecutor General requesting to verify the lawfulness and legality of the decisions taken in the case of Sokolov.
1 August, “reporters without borders” urged the Russian authorities to immediately release the journalist-investigator for freedom.
At the meeting on Tuesday, the Moscow city court extended the period of detention Sokolov and Parfenov in custody to November 11, Mukhina up to the same date, under house arrest.