On March 4, 2011, the Solomensky District Court in Kyiv ordered that Denis be kept in police custody for forty days. This ruling will be appealed in a higher court. Denis is represented by lawyer Anton Maximov, who was provided by the Kyiv office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Several months earlier, the UNHCR had officially recognized Denis Solopov as a political refugee, and from that moment he has had the status of a “mandate” refugee enjoying the protection of the UN. If he were extradited from Ukraine to Russia at the request of Russian police investigators, this would constitute a gross violation of international legal norms.
As the case of “Khimki hostages” Maxim Solopov and Alexei Gaskarov has shown, the investigation of those who took part in the July 28, 2010, demonstration has involved flagrant procedural violations, and there have been numerous instances when Moscow Region police officers have used torture to coerce witnesses into testifying. The first hearing in Maxim Solopov and Alexei Gaskarov’s trial has been scheduled for March 14, 2011, in the Khimki Municipal Court.
Denis Solopov is a suspect in this criminal case: prosecutors would like to charge him with violating Article 213 of the Russian Federation Criminal Code (disorderly conduct), and Moscow Region police investigators have placed him on the wanted list. Although there is no serious evidence in the case, Moscow Region police and prosecutors have used the fact that a few windows were broken during the demonstration as an excuse to unleash a full-scale campaign of persecution against social activists. Instead of investigating attacks on journalists and activists in Khimki, the local police continue to hunt down young people who took part in protest actions.
We will be closely following Denis Solopov’s case as it unfolds and will keep you updated as new details emerge.
You can find out more details about Denis’s arrest by calling any of the following phone numbers:
+7 915 212-7417 – Maxim Solopov, Denis’s brother
+380 44 288-9424 – Kyiv office of the UNHCR
+38 097 509-4062 – Irina Fedorovich, coordinator of the No Borders project, Social Action Center
Campaign for the Release of the Khimki Hostages
March 4, 2011
Links on the subject material:
- The prosecutor's office confirmed an indictment againstelu on defeating Khimkinskaya Administration
- Izhevsk: An action of solidarity with the hostages Khimki (photos)
- Shares in defense Khimki hostages were held in Krakow, Paris and Nis
- Days of united action 2.0
- Ekooborona and repressionsia in Russia
- The court dismissed from the custody of the second "Khimki hostage" by Alexei Gaskarova
- Khimki city court freed from custody Maxim Solopova