Legal Case of the Week: Aleksandr Shabarchin receives two years’ imprisonment in Perm Putin effigy case

Week-ending 21 August 2020

Defendants in the ‘Putin effigy’ case. From left to right: Aleksandr Shabarchin, Daniil Vasiliev and Aleksandr Kotov. Photo: Aleksandra Semenova/ Novaya gazeta

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.

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