Date: 8 months ago   Category: Society

Medvedchuk and Stus: the human rights activist has told how lawyers in the USSR successfully protected political prisoners


In the USSR there were cases when lawyers tried to obtain mitigation of a sentence and improvement of the judgments for clients on political processes
of
the chairman of the board of the Ukrainian Helsinki union on human rights Evgeny Zakharov has told About it in the About Policy program on Еспресо.TV. Zakharov has told

In connection with scandal concerning the movie about Victor Medvedchuk's participation in process on Vasily Stus about successful even in the conditions of the USSR cases of protection of political prisoners by lawyers.

"The verdict of not guilty wasn't. But there were other situations when tried to obtain mitigation of a sentence and improvement of the judgments for clients. For example, in many affairs of Sofia Kalistratova was quite so. She participated in process in Tashkent in 1968 to protect seven activists against whom have brought charges. Lawyers then have proved to court the case, charge has collapsed under force of their arguments", - Zakharov has told.

according to him, on this case the court has made decisions on suspended sentence and on punishment for a year. As their clients have already spent some time in the pre-trial detention center, after the judgment they were released.

the Same situation was in other trial of 10 Crimean Tatars. Again there were soft sentences on Kalistratova's clients, and they were released from the courtroom. The lawyer then said in court that actions of the defendant don't undermine the Soviet system, and on the contrary strengthen the Soviet power. Kalistratova explained that defendants acted according to the Soviet Constitution, protecting the rights and freedoms of people. According to historical chronicles, on a court Medvedchuk didn't protect Stus, and has on the contrary found him "guilty". For allegedly anti-Soviet activity of the poet have sentenced to 10 years of forced labor and 5 years of the reference from where he already live hasn't returned.

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