report: Criminal charges dropped against Oleg Orlov

posted 26 Jan 2012, 14:43 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Jan 2012, 14:46 ]
Vera Vasilyeva 20/01/12 


· Human rights defenders  · Magadan region 

Ramzan Kadyrov’s legal counsel, Andrei Krasnenkov, did not object to the case being closed, but insisted that it first be examined on its merits. <...> Orlov’s lawyer cited a fragment from the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, in which the Master says to the poet Ivan Bezdomny: ‘You, of course, are an innocent.’ [1] 


On 20 January 2012, Moscow’s Khamovnichesky district court closed the criminal case against Oleg Orlov, chair of the Memorial Human Rights Centre, who had been charged with slandering the president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. The final hearing in the appeal at the Khamovnichesky district court against the acquittal of Oleg Orlov under Article 129, Section 3, of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ('slander') lasted no more than half an hour. The hearing was attended by Oleg Orlov, his lawyer Genri Reznik, prosecutor Irina Vasilyeva and Andrei Krasnenkov, legal representative of Ramzan Kadyrov. [Read more]