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Deputy of the State Duma Alexander Shishlov forwards petition to the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation in defence of journalist Grigory Pasko

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Deputy of the State Duma and member of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Alexander Shishlov has requested that the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation conduct a check and file a protest over the decision of the Pacific Fleet Military Court dated December 25, 2001, and the finding of the Military Board of the Supreme Court of the RF dated June 25, 2002, against journalist Grigory Pasko. The petition was forwarded on November 22, 2002 by Shishlov to the Chairman of the Supreme Court of the RF Vyacheslav Lebedev.

According to Shishlov, the aforementioned rulings of the courts do not contain evidence of state treachery [allegations against Grigory Pasko].

"The Grigory Pasko case has gained considerable coverage in Russia and abroad," noted Shishlov. He also reiterated that PACE had appointed a special speaker on this case from the Committee for Legal Issues and Human Rights.

Earlier the Ombudsman of the Russian Federation Oleg Mironov also forwarded a petition to the Supreme Court.

On December 25, 2001, military journalist Grigory Pasko was convicted of espionage and sentenced to four years imprisonment in a prison colony with a strict regime.

See also:
Grigory Pasko Case

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