Open Russia activist Anastasia Shevchenko was sentenced to 4 years probation in the case of the work of an “undesirable” organization

A court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Open Russia activist Anastasia Shevchenko to a four-year suspended sentence with a probationary period of four years. She was found guilty under the  article on participation in the activities of an “undesirable” organization, said lawyer for “Pravozashchita Otkrytie” Sergei Badamshin.

The prosecutor earlier asked the court to sentence Shevchenko to five years in prison.

During the trial, the participants in the hearing complained that they could not make out what the judge said when the verdict was announced.

Shevchenko became the first person in Russia to be charged under the article about the work of an “undesirable” organization. The case was opened due to the organization of political debates and the publication of a post about the lecture of Open Russia. Since January 23, 2019, Anastasia Shevchenko has been under house arrest. Together with her , her mother, son Misha and daughter Vlad live in a rented apartment . The court canceled this measure of restraint, replacing it with a recognizance not to leave, which will be in effect until the verdict comes into force.

During the investigation, the activist  asked the  court not to restrict her freedom because of the need to visit the eldest 17-year-old daughter Alina, who was seriously ill, in the boarding school. Soon after her arrest, Alina went to the hospital and died; the investigator did not immediately release Shevchenko to his daughter.

Six months before Shevchenko’s arrest, employees of the E center in Rostov-on-Don installed hidden cameras in her bedroom, said the daughter of the activist Vlada Shevchenko.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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