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    Mikhail Khodorkosky about Alexey Pichugin | 19 Jun 2016

    Mikhail KhodorkoskyToday is the 13th anniversary of Alexey Pichugin’s imprisonment. Prior to his arrest, I had small knowledge of this guy being a head of section of one of the huge company’s departments. The whistle has been blown, and he was accused of a domestic murder. These things happen. Lawyers available? Of course.

    Well, then they will get to the bottom, I thought And pursued other things. Naïve? Certainly! But I understand it only now, after 10 years of proceedings and prisons of my own. Formerly, I believed, like many of us, that they would not imprison someone for no special reason, and that they would get to the bottom of the case… Get to the bottom What’s the use of it? There was an order, so they gathered all squeals and have found, they say, one by a former colleague of him that alleged he boasted «resolving problems» Did he so actually? Or did he not? Who knows, but it was rather appropriate. They reported to the higher-ups and got the «green light», so he was arrested and examined by using the «truth serum», and nothing! Should they report to the higher-ups to have «screwed up»? Then heads would roll. It was easier to obtain a «confession». But they just failed to do it and keep failing since 13 years already! They managed to dissolve the jury ready to deliver the verdict of non-guilty and to form one under their control, to «saddle» the court officials, but they failed to obtain a «confession». They failed to «saddle» the ECHR, too. According to its verdict «the right to a fair trial was not exercised», and «the right may be restored only by vacating the sentence». Will they? They won’t, as long as this regime is in control. For them its not the matter of justice, and in general not that of the state, for them do matter «the rules» and «the bucks». Why should we free the innocent? Why should we tell «the chief» the truth? «Would Putin say us thanks for that?» And they do like that in every respect  Though, perhaps he should nevertheless write «a confession»? I have proposed that. But one runs the risk of being cheated by them. I can’t make him to change his mind. Und Alexey himself doesn’t want to do it, for him his honor is more valuable than his life. I know. It’s my opinion, too. It means that our objective is to create a situation, where it’s more lucrative for the regime to resolve the problem than to let it unresolved, or let others resolve it. It’s an objective that cannot be reached easy or in a short time, but it may be finally reached. It’s essential that Alexey would live until that. It’s a hard thing, when you are imprisoned for life. Good luck, Alexey!

    Mikhail Khodorkosky

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