Ural human rights defenders are on the side of victims in case of former chief of colony Denis Mekhanov

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It’s the beginning of case against the chief of colony № 6 Major Denis Sergeyevich  Mekhanov accused in abuse of power caused grave consequences (art.285, part 3) and illegal manufacture of weapon (art.223, part 4).

To remind that examination over this case has begun in Kopeysk regional court on January 16th 2014.

In charge-sheet read out by Prosecutor these «grave consequences» are defined as «disorders» on November 25th 2012 in Kopeysk Chelyabinsk region. That time the chief was Denis Mekhanov and his actions are the reasons Kopeysk riots and described in different ways: someone calls it riots, disorders but human rights defenders insist it was massive peaceful action of protest from inmates. As a result of which shocking facts of tortures, extortion and beatings became known for publicity. Upon this fact two criminal cases are filed, one of that is being heard in Kopeysk regional court, the second is still being examined.

Denis Mekhanov is charged for extortion from prisoners in sum of 332 rubles and illegal manufacture of 40  pieces of weapon. Denis didn’t admit himself guilty.

Denis Mekhanov, former chief of colony № 6.
Denis Mekhanov, former chief of colony № 6.

Court proceedings cause worries by human rights defenders who fought for criminal case initiation on situation in Kopeysk colony and made it possible to bring this case to court. We worry because in charge-sheet was put less than 1 % of extortion incidents; victims are familiar with case materials. It causes concerns position of prosecutor office: prosecutor doesn’t support appeals from victims.

On this reason Ural human rights group and members of Public Monitoring Committee being scared to see again traditional Russian justice show addressed to civil society of Russia asking to support victims.

Ural human rights group, National award holder » Civil initiative » established by «Fund in support of civil initiative» under Aleksey Kudrin pays from award money professional attorney service Eugene Olegovich Goroshko who protects two convicts. At the time lawyer of Ural human defenders group Dina Latypova for free represents 5 victims.

Dina Latypova, Chelyabinsk Public Monitoring Committee, lawyer
Dina Latypova, Chelyabinsk Public Monitoring Committee, lawyer

Totally 13 victims are in this criminal case. They all need professional lawyers for protection.(in  the court found that one convict was extorted 30 000 from but investigation says only 15 000…).

Three attorneys are protecting Mekhanov (as human defenders suppose even prosecutor supports him), nobody protected rights of convicts before Ural human rights group.

There is a break till January 27th, then examination of witnesses. We have to find missing attorneys during this time and money to pay them.

We really count on support of honest Russians and people who care about rights.

Nikolay Schur,

the Head of the Ural human rights group.

Photo: Nikolay Schur.

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