Russian court upholds six-year sentence for Sochi blogger

first_img Credit : A court in southwestern Russia has upheld Sochi-based blogger Alexander Valov’s extremely harsh six-year jail sentence, which means that he will have to spend another four years in prison. News Valov, who has been detained since January 2018, was initially allowed to participate in this hearing by videoconferencing from Armavir provisional detention centre but the court’s judges disconnected him on the grounds that he was defending himself in an overly aggressive manner.  Organisation Despite a lack of material evidence and the repeated procedural irregularities, Valov was convicted in December 2018 of extorting money from Yury Napso, a Sochi representative in the Russian parliament.  Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedJudicial harassment May 21, 2021 Find out more Related documents rsf_AlexandreValov_02.09.2019PDF – 219.39 KB Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Accusing the Krasnodar regional authorities of clearly wanting to silence a blogger who is well-known for criticizing prominent local figures, RSF had called in vain for Valov’s appeal to be heard in a different region. As a result, the editor of the Blog Sochi news website was prevented from taking part in the rest of the six-hour hearing and from having a final word. His lawyers say they plan to refer the case to a court of cassation. After many postponements, the Krasnodar regional court finally decided on 30 August to confirm the jail term and fine of 700,000 roubles (9,000 euros) that a court in the city of Sochi imposed on Valov in December 2018 on a charge of extorting money from a local parliamentarian. Sochi is part of the Krasnodar region.center_img Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RSF_en Follow the news on Russia to go further RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedJudicial harassment читать на русском / read in Russian September 3, 2019 – Updated on December 19, 2019 Russian court upholds six-year sentence for Sochi blogger May 5, 2021 Find out more News News “Upholding this harsh sentence and depriving Alexander Valov of the right to speak at his own appeal showed yet again that he is the victim of persecution,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. When a court of cassation hears this case, the judges must finally take account of the many procedural violations.” Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


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