The Moscow city court refused to release from-under arrest of the defendants in the so-called case of the referendum , the correspondent of RBC Agency Alexander Sokolov, the former editor of the newspaper “Duel”, the writer Yuri Mukhin and his colleague Valery Parfenov.

“The decision to extend the measure of restraint was left unchanged”, – said RAPSI in a press-service of the court. Thus, the superior court rejected the appeal of lawyers of the accused on the March decision of the Khamovniki court of Moscow on prolongation to 21 June arrest of persons involved in resonance of the criminal case that is charged under article 282.2 (“Organisation of an extremist organization”) of the criminal code.

In July 2015, the same Khamovniki court sanctioned the arrest of Sokolov, Mukhina and Parfenov on charges of “destabilizing the government” and participation in the organization of the “army of the will of the people” (AVN), which in October 2010 the Moscow city court found extremist and banned its activities in Russia, describing some elements of its ideology as a call for the violent overthrow of power in Russia.

“The case of the referendum”

After the recognition AVN extremist organization Sokolov, Mukhin Parfenov and renamed it the “Initiative group for the referendum “For the responsible authority”. According to one of the friends Mukhina, those arrested were in favor of holding a referendum on the adoption of the amendments to the Constitution and the law On the court of the people of Russia over the President and members of Parliament”.

Their meaning is to give each voter the opportunity during the presidential and parliamentary elections to assess the quality of his life during the reign of the previous deputies and head of state. Depending on the results of voting, the President and the Federal Assembly or receive awards, or you go to jail for the period of their stay in power. It was also suggested the option of “no consequences”. This initiative began over 10 years ago.

However, the investigation considers the true purpose of the activists of “undermining the political situation in the direction of instability and change existing power illegally”.

In December last year, Sokolov has complained to the European court of human rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg in connection with the violation, in his opinion, the two articles of the European Convention for the protection of human rights in the case against him. His defense claimed that the prosecution Sokolov and his arrest due to his journalistic work and are revenge for his anti-corruption investigation.

Meanwhile, the media noted that Mukhin had previously been convicted of incitement to extremist activities and sentenced to two years of imprisonment conditionally. It was noted that the journalist has become a defendant in criminal cases, among other things, he was suspected of anti-Semitism. In 2012 the book Mukhina “For power insulting!” was recognized as extremist material serpuhovskiy court of Moscow.

The Moscow city court refused to release from custody of the journalist of RBK and other defendants in the “case of the referendum” 13.05.2016

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