Defendants in the "Rostov case" have their terms reduced, but they were not justified
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Defendants in the "Rostov case" have their terms reduced, but they were not justified

30 July , 14:46SocietyPhoto: ruffnews.ru
The Supreme Court has reduced the term of imprisonment for Vladislav Mordasov and Yan Sidorov, previously convicted of organizing and participating in mass riots in Rostov-on-Don. At the same time, human rights defenders have previously expressed that there were no riots involved in this case at all.

On November 5, 2017, two young men - Yan Sidorov, who at that time was 18 years old, and Vladislav Mordasov, who was 21 - went to the government building in Rostov-on-Don and unfurled posters with the words “Return the land to the Rostov fire victims” and "Government must be dismissed". They were immediately detained.

In October last year, Yan Sidorov was sentenced to 6.5 years in a strict regime colony, Vladislav Mordasov - to 6 years and 7 months in prison. The decision against Mordasov and Sidorov was appealed and considered in the Southern District Military Court, but the verdict was left unchanged, while the young people still do not admit their guilt. As the mother of Vladislav Mordasov said earlier, her son, along with his comrades, was only going to hold a rally in support of the victims of the fire, who lost their homes due to a terrible fire. Young people invited all other Rostovites who suffered from other unresolved problems by the city authorities to come to the action.

Today, according to lawyers Vladimir Voronin and Andrei Sabinin, the terms of imprisonment for young people have been reduced to four years in a colony, although the defenders asked to cancel the sentence altogether, pointing, in particular, to the injustice, in their opinion, of the courts of first and second instance. Andrei Sabinin told the Kommersant newspaper that the most flagrant violation of the rights of Vladislav Mordasov and Yan Sidorov is the failure to grant the defense and the defendants the right to interrogate the experts of the prosecution, as well as summon and interrogate experts from their part: satisfaction of such requests, but they, nevertheless, were denied to us".

According to five expert examinations of the correspondences between Vladislav Mordasov and Yan Sidorov in Telegram chats, the defendants "did not call for violence in their correspondence," and the figure of 200 people whom they allegedly called to take part in the riots came out of the blue. Now Yan Sidorov and Vladislav Mordasov have filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in which they report violations of five articles of the European Convention on Human Rights in their case.

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