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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The court passed the verdict on the “microphone case” Navalny ally Leonid Volkov

Ally Alexei Navalny, Leonid Volkov, in 2015, heading a staff of Parnas in the elections to the regional Duma of the Novosibirsk region, today convicted by a local court in the so-called “microphone case”. The court in Novosibirsk gave him the minimum possible punishment.

Recall that the prosecution Volkov was nominated on the results of the incident in the summer of 2015, when the correspondent of TV channel LifeNews accused him of assault and break the microphone. Volkov himself said that only held the journalist, who was, in his opinion, a bully, in that moment, when the attackers threw Alexei Navalny eggs.

In the end, however, Volkov was charged under part 3 of article 144 of the criminal code — obstruction of professional activities of a journalist. The article was classified as a felony, and therefore the opposition were able to not only jail time, but he could also forbid to participate in elections.

However, as he said himself in his Facebook, in the sentence, the charge was changed to the 1st part of that article to a serious non. Of the three committed by the “crime” is actually impeding the professional activities, damage the microphone and allegedly caused to the employee of TV channel Shiner — only one left, “obstructing”.

It Volkov was sentenced to 30 thousand rubles fine. He said he intends to appeal the verdict to higher courts up to the ECHR, however, according to the oppositionist, it will take 3-4 years.

Wolves also disagreed with the court’s decision, arguing that in fact had to be justified, but “by “concepts” of our state, it would be to show weakness”.

Recall that Navalny himself is currently unable to participate in the elections because he imposed suspended sentences.

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