Members of the Human Rights Council offer to act as sureties for Mikhail Savva

posted 2 Feb 2014, 12:57 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Feb 2014, 13:13 ]
31 January 2014

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On 29 January in Krasnodar the legal defence of university teacher Mikhail Savva received personal sureties of members of the Presidential Human Rights Council Andrei Yurov and Elena Topoleva-Soldunova.

Yugopolis reports that the members of the Human Rights Council are asking the Pervomaisky district court to end house arrest for Mikhail Savva in exchange for imposing travel and other restrictions.

From 5 to 7 November last year members of the Human Rights Council Andrei Yurov, Mara Polyakova, Ilya Shablinsky and Sergei Krivenko visited Krasnodar. They observed the court hearings and also met with the human rights ombudsman and representatives of the governor, the Investigative Committee and the Krasnodar region FSB. On the basis of the results of the visit, and also of the study of the materials of the case, the members of the Council concluded there was no evidence to support the charges against Mikhail Savva.

On 4 December Mikhail Savva was transferred to house arrest until 3 February. On 30 January at 14:00 Krasnodar’s Pervomaisky district court is to consider the question of his further status.

As earlier reported, the trial of Mikhal Savva, which had been drawing to a conclusion, at the end of last year was broken off on account of the illness of the judge Vasily Makhov. 

The prominent human rights defender and university teacher Mikhail Savva is charged with misspending grant funds received from the federal Ministry of Social Development. In addition Savva is charged with illegal receipt of payment of more than 71,000 roubles from Kuban State University.

From April last year Mikhail Savva had been held in pre-trial detention. Yugopolis reports that at the end of November the court extended his detention until 30 April 2014. However on the evening of 4 December Mikhail Savva was suddenly release from detention and transferred to house arrest.

Mikhail Savva is a doctor of political science, a teacher at Kuban State University, and director of grant programmes at the Southern Regional Resource Centre. Mikhail Savva is the author of more than 120 academic publications and many articles in the press. He is an expert of the Network of Ethnological Monitoring.