Week-ending 21 August 2020
On Tuesday, 18 August 2020, Meduza reported that the Leninsky district court in Perm has handed out sentences to the three defendants in a hooliganism case launched over a protest action involving a Putin effigy dressed in a prisoner’s uniform. The court sentenced Aleksandr Shabarchin — an activist from opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s headquarters in Perm, — to two years in prison. Activist Danil Vasilyev received one year of probation. Both were found guilty of ‘hooliganism by prior agreement.’ A third defendant, libertarian Aleksndr Etkin was acquitted. Lawyers for the defence intend to appeal the judgment – and to go as far as the European Court of Human Rights.