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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Journalist Sokolov, calls to evaluate deputies, was sentenced to 3.5 years

Journalist Alexander Sokolov and his associates by igpr “Zov” was convicted today of the Tver court of Moscow.

photo: Natalia Muslinkina

Recall that in the case of igpr “Zov” (the initiative group for the referendum “For the responsible authority”) held four people: a journalist, Alexander Sokolov, the former editor of newspaper “Duel” Yury Mukhin, activists Kirill Barabash and Valery Parfyonov.

The Prosecutor demanded for them from four years to four years six months in a General regime colony. All of the defendants refused to plead guilty. In the End, Mukhin received 4 years probation, and Barabash and Parfenov – 4 years in prison.

They suspected that they first participated in the movement “the Army will of the people”, and after it was in 2010 recognized by court extremist, organized IGPR, which repeated the goal of “Army”.

The essence of these objectives was to ensure that upon termination of office of the deputies to hold a referendum on whether to reward them or put the results of the work. Similar suggestions court and considered extremist and aimed at “undermining the political situation.”

Today, the court said that “Mukhin, falcons, Parfenov and Barabash under the pretext of holding a referendum organized organization, whose goal was the mass production and dissemination of materials” aimed at violent change of the state construction Committee and incitement to hatred.

While Sokolov argued that judge it not, in fact, for the activities within the IGPR, and for his investigative journalism in RBC and thesis “the Impact of rent seeking on investment of state-owned corporations”.

In the case of Sokolova, for two consecutive years on the major press conferences were asked to investigate the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, however, the second year he said that first heard about a similar request.

For justification Sokolov informed the open letter made by about 300 journalists.


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