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Former DPR Defense Minister Igor Strelkov was convicted in Moscow. Why did he receive four years in prison?

Moscow City Court sentenced the former Minister of Defense of the DPR Igor Strelkov (real name Igor Girkin) to four years in prison for calls for extremist activity. Lenta.ru was informed about this by the press service of the court.

Defendant recognized guilty of publicly calling Internet users to extremist activities. He will be sent to a general regime colony, and will also be deprived of the right to administer websites on the Internet for a period of three years.

Defense of the convicted person has already stated about plans to appeal this verdict. Trial of Strelkov passed in closed mode. At the first meeting, the defendant did not admit his guilt.

Ex-Minister of Defense of the DPR Strelkov was arrested in the summer of 2023

Igor Strelkov was detained and arrested July 21, 2023. By words wife of the accused Miroslava Reginskayalaw enforcement officers came to the Moscow apartment of the ex-minister around noon.

Representatives of the Investigative Committee came to us. I was not at home at that time. Soon, according to the concierge, they took my husband by the arms and took me to an unknown direction

Miroslava Reginskaya

wife of Igor Strelkov

How told executive secretary of the Public Monitoring Commission (POC) of the capital, member Human Rights Council (HRC) Alexey Melnikovat the time of Strelkov’s arrest, he was placed in a Moscow prison Pre-trial detention center “Lefortovo”.

He [Стрелков] is in a double cell in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. He has a TV, a refrigerator

Alexey Melnikov

Executive Secretary of the Moscow Public Monitoring Committee, member of the Human Rights Council

According to Melnikov, after his arrest, Strelkov refused to communicate with human rights activists, but there were no signs of moral or physical pressure on him. August 29 Moscow City Court reviewed defense appeal against Strelkov’s arrest and recognized his sending to a pre-trial detention center as legal. The investigation into the case of the former Minister of Defense of the DPR was completed last November.

FSB officers were involved in the Strelkov case

Investigation of the criminal case of Igor Strelkov, initiated under Article 280 (“Public calls for extremist activities”) of the Criminal Code RF, was carried out by employees of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia. According to media reports, he wrote a statement to the Prosecutor General’s Office against the ex-minister Dmitry Petrovskyformer doctor at Wagner PMC.

I consider Strelkov “military Blinovskaya (blogger Elena Blinovskaya, who was accused of tax evasion of 900 million rubles – approx. “Tapes.ru”)”: collects large donations supposedly to help our guys, but does not account for the funds spent. The last straw, of course, was Strelkov’s words about our President Vladimir Putin. I believe that insulting the first person of the state is a crime

Dmitry Petrovsky

doctor at PMC “Wagner”

Also, a Muscovite, outraged by Strelkov’s statements, and members of the “Club of Angry Patriots,” one of the leaders of which was the former Minister of Defense of the DPR, contacted the police.

Former Minister of Defense of the DPR Igor Strelkov (Girkin). Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov / RIA Novosti

Moreover, earlier, in mid-spring 2023, appeared information about a possible check of Strelkov for discrediting the Armed Forces of Russia. In a conversation with Lenta.ru he statedthat he is not afraid of accusations and that citizens have the right to complain against him if they consider his position to be incorrect.

Igor Strelkov (Girkin) – retired Russian military man and FSB officer

Igor Girkin graduated from the Moscow State Institute of History and Archives, was involved in military reconstruction, and then joined the FSB. Participated in the second Chechen operation, as well as in hostilities in Dagestan in FSB special forces units. According to some reports, it was while working for the FSB that Girkin came up with the pseudonym Strelkov, taking his grandmother’s maiden name.

Former Minister of Defense of the DPR Igor Strelkov (Girkin). Photo: Igor Ivanko / Kommersant

In the spring of 2014, Strelkov, having gathered in Crimea armed group of 50 people, occupied administrative buildings in Slavyansk, announcing the transfer of the city to the control of the DPR. After this, he was appointed Minister of Defense of the Republic. IN Donetsk Strelkov introduced martial law, but was soon removed from office.

November 17, 2022 District Court The Hague found him guilty in the case of the crash in the Donetsk region Boeing 777 of Malaysia Airlines and was sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment.

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