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THE PRICE OF DISOBEDIENCE

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07.04.2017 10:51

How much the judges presiding over politically motivated cases earn

In Moscow alone, during anti-corruption rallies on March 26 over thousand of people were detained, that is, one out of fifteen participants. The arrests and interrogations go on until now. Most of the arrested have been fined by the courts. The Russiangate’s Sofia Savina has studied the income declarations of the judges whose work is to sentence the opposition activists.


 

The detained rallyists have been charged with administrative offenses which result either in arrest up to 30 days or fine up to 1 mln rubles under the articles “Violation of the rules of holding rallies” or “Failing to obey the orders of police”.

THEIR WORK IS TO CONVICT

Head of the Anti-corruption foundation Alexei Navalny was fined 20,000 rubles as an organizer and arrested for 20 days for resistance to police. The ruling was made on March 27 by the Tverskoi district court’s judge Alesya Orekhova. She has also sentenced to 15 days of arrest an activist Mark Galperin over “resistance to police” charges.

In 2015, judge Orekhova sentenced Galperin to eight days in detention for solo picketing in downtown Moscow: he was waving a banner Je suis Charlie. In 2016, she fined the participants of the meeting in support of Ukrainian MP Nadezhda Savchenko. Orekhova also sentenced Semen Lashkin for playing cello in public.

The Russiangate failed to find Orekhova’s income declaration but found that of her direct chief Olga Solopova, who has declared 2.7 mln rubles (about $50,000) in 2015.

Most of the Tverskoi court’s judges earn around 2 mln rubles ($36,000) a year.

Deputy chairperson of that court Tatyana Neverova has declared 1.9 mln rubles, judges Marina Salnikova and Marina Sizintseva earned the same money.

Alexei Krivoruchko declared 1.7 mln rubles in 2015. After March rallies, he sentenced an opposition activist Nikolai Lyaskin to 25 days in detention.

Krivoruchko has earlier participated in Sergei Magnitsky case, extending his terms in detention repeatedly and numerously violating the Criminal Procedure Code.

In 2011, the judge sentenced the opposition politicians Alexei Navalny and Ilya Yashin to 15 days of arrest for participation in the unauthorized rallies near Kremlin in December 2010. In 2014, the same judge arrested Navalny on seven days for participation in another anti-government rally.

Krivoruchko’s colleague Alexei Stekliev declared income of 1.6 mln rubles in 2015. He has sentenced a 20-year-old Timofei Medvedev to 12 days of arrest for participation in the March demonstration.

A judge of the Simonovsky district court Khyzyr Mussakayev sentenced the head of Navalny’s election campaign Leonid Volkov to 10 days behind the bars. Mussakayev, who works as the court’s deputy chairman, declared income of 1.6 mln rubles in 2015.

Oksana Zakharova from the same court earned 1.4 mln rubles in 2015. She has ruled to arrest for seven days an activist of the Anti-corruption foundation Ruslan Ablyakimov for resistance to police.

Her colleague Anastasia Loskutova earned 1.5 mln rubles in 2015; she has found guilty another employee of Navalny, Vladimir Buzin.

Judge Dmitry Suslov, who has sentenced one more anti-corruption activist Sergei Gorkayev to seven days under arrest, earned 1.3 mln rubles in 2015.

Judge Pavel Vershinin, who has sentenced an employee of the Memorial human rights organization Yekaterina Melnikova to seven days under arrest, earned 1.7 mln rubles in 2015.

REGIONAL PRICES

The judges outside Moscow earn more compared to their colleagues in the capital city.

Judge in Khabarovsk, Andrei Kuratov, declared 5.7 mln rubles in 2015. He has fined Andrei Vorsin, who attempted to organize a rally on March 26, on 10,000 rubles

The chairman of that court Andrei Vlasov earned only 3.7 mln rubles in 2015.

The Central district court in Sochi fined an activist Mikhail Pchelin 20,000 rubles. The ruling was made by judge Vladimir Yefanov, who has declared 1.2 mln rubles, a house, a land plot and a BMW vehicle.

In Rostov-on-Don on March 29, three protesters were fined 15,000 rubles each by judge Alexander Bondarev (he did not declare his income). The chairman of that court declared income of 2.1 mln rubles and other judges of less than 1 mln rubles in 2015.

In Kostroma, judge Alla Kudryashova sentenced a student of the local university Oleg Prosin to a fine of 10,000 rubles. In 2015, she declared 1.4 mln rubles. Her husband declared income of 1 mln rubles and owns two apartments.

In Saransk, two days before the national day of protests, an 18-year-old Kirill Matyavin was fined for small offense after his request to stage a rally had been turned down by the city administration. Judge Eugeny Zakirov, who has made the ruling, earned 1.6 mln rubles in 2014.