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No Consistency in Court Rulings

Source: (info), 31/05/12

· The Courts  · Moscow city & Moscow region

On 31 May Moscow’s Basmanny district court reduced the pre-trial restrictions on Dmitry Pavliuchenkov, suspected of organizing the murder of Novaya gazeta journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Pavliuchenkov is suffering from chronic illnesses. The day before, Moscow City Court had refused to release another severely ill detainee, Stanislav Kankiya, from pre-trial detention in exchange for travel restrictions.

Dmitry Pavliuchenkov has been released from pre-trial detention and placed under house arrest. Pavliuchenkov’s lawyer had requested this change “on grounds of the chronic and severe illnesses of the accused.” Pavliuchenkov had been held in pre-trial detention since August 2011. Earlier it became known that Pavliuchenkov had reached a plea bargain with the investigation and has admitted his guilt, Radio Liberty reports.

Meanwhile on 30 May Moscow City Court upheld the extension of pre-trial detention until 4 August of Stanislav Kankiya, head of the philanthropic Fatherland Foundation who is charged with large-scale fraud and embezzlement of public funds.

Lawyers acting for Kankiya had hoped that their client would be released from pre-trial detention in exchange for restrictions on travel, since he has been diagnosed with a number of serious illnesses. 

In October last year the wife of Stanislav Kankiya said her husband had suffered four strokes over the previous six months, was losing his memory and no longer recognized his lawyer, Interfax reports.