The case of activist Konstantin Kotova will be revised

a Young programmer received a term of imprisonment in September last year by the verdict of the Tver court of Moscow. The Moscow city court on October 14 declared the sentence is legal. He is serving a sentence in a penal colony. He was found guilty of committing a crime under article 212.1 of the criminal code. The verdict Kotov States that it is for six months, four times brought to administrative responsibility for violations at rallies and pickets, but in spite of administrative punishment, “despising the constitutional foundations of Russia”, he continued to go on uncoordinated action.

For the illegal persecution of the rally participant was awarded 100 thousand rubles

In January, the constitutional court of the Russian Federation after the complaint of protection of the programmer decided to review the case Kotova. The COP pointed out that “in sentencing under article 212.1 of the criminal code, the courts are obliged to examine all circumstances of the case and can appoint punishment in the form of imprisonment only if it is well established that the actions of the defendant at a public event carried a real threat to public order”.

the court of cassation announced the petition of the Prosecutor General, in which the Supervisory authority was asked to reduce the punishment to one year imprisonment, as “the decision of the Tver court was unwarranted harsh”. With the same request addressed to the court, the representative of the Commissioner for human rights under the President of Russia.

Protection of the convict insisted on full cancellation of a sentence as illegal.