The first hearing on the lawsuit against Vesna was held in St. Petersburg. “Paper”
On Tuesday, November 8, the city court of St. Petersburg held its first hearing on the suit filed by the prosecutor’s office to recognize the Vesna movement as “extremist.” The documents of the case and the lawsuit itself are classified, and the meeting was held behind closed doors. About it “Paper” said the lawyer of “Spring” Andrey Chertkov.
“The case contains information containing state secrets. But in my opinion, there are no secrets in this information. The prosecutor’s office did this in order to prevent an open consideration of the case, to complicate the life of the defense, and also not to show the weakness of its position, ”said “Paper” Chertkov.
The court refused to give the defense the opportunity to make a copy of the claim or write out information from it due to the fact that the document is classified. According to Andrey Chertkov, this is an abuse of the right by the prosecutor’s office of St. Petersburg.
Telegram channel “Vesny” wrotethat the defense pointed out the complete groundlessness of the claims against the movement.
“Our movement operates exclusively within the framework of the rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. We have always fought to protect the rights and freedoms that are enshrined in the Russian Constitution. And we will continue to do this, no matter what, ”Vesna said.
The next meeting will take place on November 22.
What you need to know. September 30, St. Petersburg Prosecutor Viktor Melnik filed a lawsuit to ban the activity of the Vesna movement. According to the prosecutor’s office, “Spring” “creates conditions for the destabilization of the social and socio-political situation in the country, forms public opinion about the need for a change of power” in the Russian Federation. To this end, the movement uses “various political technologies to influence the adoption of decisions by state authorities,” including rallies “in violation of the law and the use of violence” against the security forces.
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