Lawyers of the former head of security service of YUKOS, Alexei Pichugin, convicted for life on charges of organizing a series of murders and assassinations, appealed to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Kseniya Kostromina and pierce Gardner directed in the Council of Europe a Memorandum on the fulfillment which entered into force on 19 March 2013 the European court of human rights (ECHR), which recognized a violation of the detainee’s right to a fair trial, reports the newspaper “Kommersant”.

The authors advised that Pichugin summer was brought to Moscow for interrogation in the Federal security service (FSB). According to the defense, the authorities seek to obtain from him evidence in the framework of the correspondence investigation and further prosecution of ex-Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky “as a prerequisite for the possibility of pardon”.

Alexei Pichugin was arrested in 2003 on charges of murder and attempted murder. In the first case, the court found him guilty of the murder of businessmen Olga and Sergey Gorynych, as well as attempts on the Manager of the company “Rosprom” Victor Kolesov and the head of public relations Department of the city hall Olga Kostina. In March 2005, a former officer of Yukos, was sentenced to 20 years in a strict regime colony.

In 2007, Pichugin was found guilty of murder of the Director of trading firm “the Phoenix” Valentina Korneeva, and the mayor of Nefteyugansk Vladimir Petukhov, as well as two attempts on the Manager of the company East Petroleum GmbH Handelsgas Eugeny Rybin. The court sentenced him to life in prison. His guilt Pichugin does not recognize.

In October 2012, the ECHR found that in respect of Pichugin was violated several provisions of the European Convention on human rights – particularly the right to a fair public trial. The court ordered Russia to pay former Yukos employees 9.5 thousand euros. The ECHR also recommended to correct irregularities within the framework of a new trial.

In January 2013, the ECHR verdict in force, and the defense of Pichugin filed a petition in the Supreme court for annulment. In October 2013, the armed forces refused to send the revision on the case of Pichugin.

Paid Russia compensation Pichugin had been frozen in his account in “Sberbank”. In September 2016, the savings Bank reported that the account was frozen by order of the Federal service of bailiffs.

Pichugin’s lawyers urge the Committee of Ministers “initiate a dialogue” with Russia to “redress the unfair trial and its consequences”. Protection notes that the discrepancy between the provisions of Alexei Pichugin, the ECHR’s decision “is a priority”, “due to the continuing detention, he is the injured party”. The authors are requested to submit the question of execution of decisions of the ECHR to the public hearing.



Pichugin’s lawyers sent to the Council of Europe a Memorandum on the fulfillment of decisions of the ECHR in his case 29.11.2016

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