The town of Prokhladny. Photo: Racurs07 https://ru.wikipedia.org

18 November 2023, 23:57

Lawyers and rights defenders criticize arson version of commissariat in Prokhladny

Lawyers and human rights defenders have found distrustful the version that instructions from some curator were found in the phone of the person detained for setting fire to the military commissariat (registration and enlistment office) in the town of Prokhladny. They have explained that such evidence allows investigators to reclassify the case to a more grave crime.

On November 14, a fire occurred in the building of the military commissariat located in Prokhladny. According to sources, a resident of Kabardino-Balkaria suspected of making the arson was detained; and correspondence with some "curator" was found in his phone. The "curator" demanded to set the commissariat on fire and sent instructions for making a Molotov cocktail.

After the announcement of mobilization, arsons of military commissariats have repeatedly occurred in other regions of Southern Russia. Thus, on September 29, 2022, Oleg Vazhdaev, a Krasnodar resident, was detained at an attempt to arson the military commissariat. The court sentenced him to six years in penal colony. After his detention, he complained of torture.

It is surprising that the alleged arsonist was found with a phone containing correspondence with some "curator", Artyom Mugunyants, a military lawyer, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. According to Artyom's story, there is a tendency to tighten punishments for setting fire to military commissariats.

The more violations of conscripts' and mobilized people's rights are committed, the more arsons of military commissariats occur, another military lawyer has suggested, finding it strange that instructions were found in the suspect's phone. "I'm sure not all arsonists are so stupid," he said.

Elena Popova, the coordinator of the "Movement of Conscious Objectors to Military Service", has doubted the version of the correspondence with the "curator". In her opinion, these versions are invented in order to increase the sentence.

Elena is sure that there is no point in setting fire to military commissariats. "Instead, educating people about how not to be recruited, how to save people who had the misfortune of ending up in the army has more practical benefits," she has emphasized.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 18, 2023 at 12:58 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Roman Kuzhev Source: СK correspondent

All news
НАСТОЯЩИЙ МАТЕРИАЛ (ИНФОРМАЦИЯ) ПРОИЗВЕДЕН И РАСПРОСТРАНЕН ИНОСТРАННЫМ АГЕНТОМ ООО “МЕМО”, ЛИБО КАСАЕТСЯ ДЕЯТЕЛЬНОСТИ ИНОСТРАННОГО АГЕНТА ООО “МЕМО”.

March 03, 2024 21:48

March 03, 2024 19:55

  • Kadyrov censors Putin's address regarding Judaists

    While quoting President Putin's address to the Federal Assembly in his Telegram channel, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, has censored the fragment, in which the Russian President mentioned in a positive way the militaries from among the followers of Judaism.

March 02, 2024 19:46

  • Lawyers assess violations of Dagestani journalists’ rights by law enforcers

    Journalists from Dagestan Magomed Magomedov and Idris Yusupov* request the authorities to bring law enforcers to responsibility for violating their rights during protest actions. Although the situations of Magomed Magomedov and Idris Yusupov* are different, the law enforcers acted unlawfully in both cases, lawyers point out.

March 02, 2024 18:50

  • At least 21 people detained at Navalny's commemorations

    In different Russian regions, including North Ossetia, at least 21 people were detained because of Alexei Navalny's funeral, human rights defenders have reported. According to their stories, about half of the detainees had tried to get to the farewell ceremony held in Moscow.

March 02, 2024 18:27

News archive