Was force used against Maria Alekhina? - Contradictory reports

posted 25 Jul 2013, 12:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Jul 2013, 12:46 ]
22 July 2013 

Source: HRO.org (info)
“No physical force was used against Alekhina in my presence. I do not know whose inventions these are or who benefits from them, but this information did not come from me,” said Oksana Darova, in a Novaya Gazeta interview.

That being said, Peter Verzilov, the husband of the second imprisoned Pussy Riot member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, stated that “the wardens in the detention facility, pushing the lawyer out of the way, seized Alekhina by her arms, pushed her to the ground and dragged her out of the room”.

Earlier, Verzilov published a post on Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s facebok page, saying that “During a meeting with the lawyer Oksana Darova, the guards hit [Alekhina] several times”. Verzilov claimed he cited Darova.

However, lawyer Oksana Darova denied she ever said such a thing.

“These are not my words. I did send him a message. However, it did not contain the sort of information he subsequently posted on Facebook.”

At present Alekhina has been transferred to enable her to participate in a session of Perm region court where her parole request will be heard. However, her lawyer Darova intends to file a complaint, since she believes there were no grounds for the transfer.

“The Court did not sent the requisite documentation, and moreover ordered the administration of Penal Colony No. 28 to make arrangements for Alekhina to participate in the hearing via video conference, a possibility which the colony continues to have,” Oksana Darova explained.