Ufa court refused to transfer Shevchuk’s case to St. Petersburg
The protocol on discrediting the Russian army against Shevchuk was drawn up after the concert with anti-war statements. At the musician's request, the case was transferred to St. Petersburg, but later returned to Ufa “image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/4/52/756596861351524.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >
Sovetsky District Court Ufa has rejected the petition of the musician, leader of the DDT group Yuri Shevchuk to send his administrative case on discrediting the Russian army (Article 20.3.3) to St. Petersburg for consideration, the RBC Ufa correspondent reports.
“The judge has the right to refuse to satisfy the request of a person, taking into account the specific circumstances of the case, if this is necessary to ensure a balance of the rights of all participants in the proceedings and protect public interests,” Judge Yulia Egorova explained.
At the request of Shevchuk's defender Oleksandr Peredrukasud, a psychological and linguistic study of the musician's speech was added to the case, human rights activist Pavel Chikov said on his Telegram channel. Experts came to the conclusion that the words of the musician “negative information about the armed forces of the Russian Federation, including the negative actions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, do not contain.” “The assessment of the decision of the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin on a special military operation in Ukraine is contained implicitly, in the form of a negative-ironic value judgment (opinion)”, — according to the study.
In connection with the petition of Shevchuk's lawyer to get acquainted with the case materials, the trial was postponed until August 16, the joint press service of the courts of Bashkiria reported.
A protocol under the article of the Code of Administrative Offenses (CAO) on discrediting the Armed Forces (Article 20.3.3) against Shevchuk was drawn up after a concert in Ufa on May 18. During it, the leader of the DDT made an anti-war appeal and spoke about his understanding of the word “motherland”. The police sent the case to the Ufa court, but Shevchuk asked that it be considered in St. Petersburg, at the place of residence of the defendant. The request was granted.
At the end of May, the Dzerzhinsky District Court of St. Petersburg returned the Shevchuk case to the police “to eliminate shortcomings.” As the court explained, the protocol does not describe the event of the offense and does not indicate “what exactly the public calls to prevent the use of the Armed Forces in order to protect the interests of Russia and its citizens expressed.”
In July, a court in St. Petersburg again registered an administrative case on discrediting the army against the musician. At the same time, in the new protocol under Art. 20.3.3 of the Code of Administrative Offenses drawn up by the police, the court again found violations and decided to redirect the case to Ufa. On August 3, Shevchuk again asked that his case be considered in St. Petersburg.
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In the administrative case of discrediting the army, Shevchuk faces a fine of 30 thousand to 50 thousand rubles.
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