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YABLOKOs activists leave the court protesting against collusion of the judge with OMON

Press Release
February 23, 2010

The arrested activists YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin, General Major Anton Goretsky and Artur Grokhovsky, aid of YABLOKOs leader, spent over an hour in the district court waiting for hearings on their case.

After an hour expired they went to the courtroom to find out when the hearings were to take place. However, they saw a judge discussing something with the OMON policemen who were witnesses on the case. According to Grokhovsky, several policemen were standing by the judges table and one of them was even sitting on the table. However, the judge demanded to close the door and not to interfere into the discussion.

YABLOKOs activists left the court in protest against collusion of the judge and the police, despite resistance of the policemen who brought them to the court. I think that what has happened is a manifestation of an arbitrary rule and also a humiliation to General Goretsky who on the Day of the Defender of the Fatherland was kept in the police station for three hours and then kept in court, Mitrokhin said. The judge not only behaved incorrectly towards us, but even tried to make a collusion with the witnesses who were actually a party in the case, he noted.



See also:

Picket against scanty pensions accrued to the military pensioners held by the Ministry of Defence. Press Release, January 20, 2010

YABLOKOs leader and General Major arrested for picketing in protection of military pensioners rights. Press Release, February 23, 2010


Human Rights

Press Release

February 23, 2010