Protection of the convicted for defaming the chief editor of the Kursk newspaper “people’s journalist” Olga Lee filed a complaint to the European court of human rights, spoke representing the interests If the lawyer of the International human rights group “Agora” Damir Gainutdinov. Recall that Lee became famous after his video address to Russian President Vladimir Putin in which she said about the “conspiracy” of the country’s leadership and the genocide of the Russians. As a result, the journalist was convicted for libel against a local judge.
A frame from the video.
The conflict between Lee and the Kursk authorities began after picketing in 2015, the Prosecutor of the Kursk region: on action the employee of the “people’s journalist” Anna Bashmakova brought a cow and was eventually detained for three days for committing an administrative offence of disobeying police requirements.
The latter, however, according to Lee, looked like “a group of unshaven faces that look like bandits, with the smell of fume”.
After the arrest Bashmakova Whether, at that time was the Deputy of the Kursk regional Duma, has strengthened criticism of the Prosecutor of the region Alexander Filimonov, directing the inspection of its activities to Putin, and published in his newspaper article “About the involvement of the Prosecutor of the Kursk region Alexander Filimonov to criminal responsibility” (she claimed that at the time of publication was on vacation). In the material, in particular, stated that “a former Prosecutor, the judge of Lenin district court Shurov” “in reviewing administrative proceedings (arrest Bashmakova — ed.) screaming, rowdy, and pleaded guilty on behalf of my colleague before familiarization with the case materials”.
This statement gave rise to subsequent accusations in slander. In addition, against it criminal case on the incitement of hatred or hostility to “social group “prosecutors and judges”. By this time it really managed to record their widely divergent video address to Putin, which stated that its “domestic and foreign policy of the country, if at all, has already led to the collapse of the financial system of Russia and destroy it as a legal state”. Lee also added that the authorities of the Russian Federation “entered into a criminal conspiracy against its own people,” Deputy mandates are distributed by the Kremlin’s United Russia, etc.
In response to the demand from colleagues in the Duma to “repent” Lee began to say and other political theses about the Russian takeover of Crimea, etc.
As a result, in 2016, the court found Lee guilty of libel on the judge Shurovo, and sentenced to a fine of 90 thousand rubles, while, according to the defense, arguments that disproved the prejudice of the judge against Bashmakova, was not presented. In the final prosecution submissions on “incitement to hatred” was not included. Also around the same 2016 unsuccessfully ran for the state Duma from party “the Apple”.
In the ECHR it is noted that Whether the prosecution violated several articles of the European Convention: it is about the interference with the right to freedom of expression, the right to a fair trial and the right to respect for private and family life (as part of the investigation of Lee was searched, whose connection with the libel was not obvious).
As told to our edition the lawyer “Agora” Damir Gainutdinov representing the interests of Lee, he is confident that the complaint will be accepted for consideration by the court: she has all chances to be considered by the ECHR during the year. If successful you’ll receive compensation paid out of the fine, as well as money in damages — speech, according to the jurisprudence of the ECHR, can be a few thousand euros.
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