Russia, Moscow, July 12, 2016 – The Defence of Russian Authors’ Society General Director will lodge a cassation appeal against the decision of the Moscow City Court for Mr. Fedotov’s detention until August 17, 2016.
On July 12, 2016 the Moscow City Court during the hearings on Mr. Fedotov’s case confirmed the decision of the Moscow Tagansky District Court for detention as a measure of restraint to RAO General Director, which charged with fraud.
Sergey Fedotov’s defence declared that actions of RAO General Director didn’t constitute criminal offences and the allegations were baseless. In the nearest future the lawyer Denis Baluev will appeal the decision of the Moscow City Court to the next instance.
The Defence draws attention to lack of sufficient evidences for RAO General Director detention and assumptions about the possibility of his wish to evade the investigation. Sergey Fedotov has a permanent place of residence and employment in Moscow, good reputation within the professional community. Mr. Fedotov’s achievements had been honored with state and professional awards. Previously RAO General Director had never been subjected to criminal prosecution and had no criminal record. Mr. Fedotov doesn’t agree with the allegations against him and doesn’t admit his guilt. Since the very beginning of the investigation Mr. Fedotov has been showing his interest in revealing the truth on the case and he continues to collaborate with law-enforcement bodies during investigations. The Defence notes that Mr. Fedotov is raising his minor son. Moreover, Mr. Fedotov has diabetes mellitus and needs aftercare and access to appropriate medical services. The detention is a source of daily tension for RAO General Director, that may took an intolerable toll on his well-being.
In a view of the above, detention of Sergey Fedotov is an excessively cruel preventive measure, which is incompatible with Russian governmental authorities’ general tendency to liberalize Russian criminal legislation on the economic front.
The Defence points out that the motion for a change of the preventive measure has been previously supported by famous cultural and public figures of the country. However the Moscow City Court ignored those pleas and other numerous arguments and grounds raised by the Defence to mitigate the preventive measure.
The lawyer for Sergey Fedotov Denis Baluev: “We desperately shall appeal this court decision to the next instance and start to prepare all necessary position papers without delay. We are sure that all allegations are baseless and that no crime has been committed. That’s why we shall continue to prove ourselves right and seek a review of the preventive measure”.
Press-service of Russian Authors’ Society (RAO)