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Mikhail Kosenko's Last Words In Court Before Sentencing (Novaya gazeta)

posted 11 Oct 2013, 07:21 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Oct 2013, 07:28 ]
2 October 2013 

‘The authorities violate the law, but then, when they meet resistance, pretend to be the ones who uphold the law, with their Article 318’ 

Source: Novaya gazeta  

On 2 October 2013 during the court hearings the prosecutionег demanded that Mikhail Kosenko, accused of taking part in alleged riots on Bolotnaya Square on 6 May 2012, be sentenced to compulsory psychiatric treatment. Lawyers acting for Mikhail Kosenko insist that the case against him should be dismissed, since nothing that he did constituted a crime. 

The sentence is to be handed down on 8 October at 14.00 in Zamoskvoretsky court. 

Below is the final speech by Mikhail Kosenko in court. According to the psychiatric assessment on which the Judge is relying, Mikhail Kosenko has been found not responsible for his actions. [Read more]