Russian activist Konstantin Kotov was sentenced to four years in prison after solitary pickets against political repression and the war in Ukraine. The case was sent for review. As a result, the term of imprisonment was reduced to one and a half years.
On April 20, the Moscow City Court commuted the sentence of activist Konstantin Kotov, convicted of repeated violations of the procedure for holding shares, from four to one and a half years. This is reported by RBC.
Kotov is a Moscow opposition activist who repeatedly went out with solitary pickets against political repression and police arbitrariness in the Russian Federation, as well as in support of Ukrainian political prisoners. He opposed the annexation of Crimea, and transferred food to Ukrainian prisoners of war in a pre-trial detention center in Moscow.
The appeal review of Kotov’s case was scheduled for consideration against the background of measures taken in the courts of the Russian Federation because of the coronavirus. Earlier, the hearing was scheduled for March 26, but it was postponed: at that time, the court did not consider the case urgent.
The meeting was held in the absence of the public and journalists.
Kotov’s interests were represented by a dozen lawyers. Personal guarantees for the activist were signed by film director Andrei Zvyagintsev, actress Julia Aug, writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, film critic Anton Dolin and others.
On September 5, 2019, the Tver District Court of Moscow sentenced the activist under Art. 212¹ (repeated violation of the established procedure for organizing or holding a meeting, rally, demonstration, procession or picket) of the Criminal Code of Russia – four years in prison. In November, he was transferred to a colony.
On January 24, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the activist to verify the legality of the sentence. The Russian Constitutional Court on January 27 decided to forward the Kotov case for review.
The Prosecutor General’s Office requested a reduction of the sentence for Kotov to one year. On March 2, the second court of cassation sent the activist’s case for a new trial to the Moscow City Court.