Daniel Zimnikov: The trial Pussy Riot refused to hear most of the witnesses for the defense

The trial Pussy Riot refused to hear Alexei Navalny and most of the witnesses for the defense, pass out of the courtroom text online broadcast. Only three of the 17 witnesses for the defense will call in court, said, “Interfax”. It should be noted that the judge refused to Marina Cheese summon even the witness who personally observed the “punk-a prayer” in Christ the Savior Cathedral.

The judge agreed to question the only three people: two professors Catherine Samutsevich and Hope Tolokonnikova and classmate Mary Alekhine. Activist Alexei Navalny, writer Ludmila Ulitskaya, as well as artists, culture, theology, and even an eye-witness, “punk-prayer,” the court refused to call, emphasizes rape. Witness in this case is a photographer Aleshkovsky Mitya. Hearing that name, the prosecution decided not sure he or an accomplice witness – because not all accomplices “punk prayer” has calculated. (Editor’s note.: Earlier in the trial were questioned by the prosecution witnesses, who learned about the event in television news.)

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In the list of defense witnesses were listed Islamic writer Heidar Jemal, an expert Irina Levinsky, Valery Retired theologian, artist Anatoly Osmolovsky, cultural studies, Irina Karatsuba, a teacher Samutsevich Alexei Shulgin, a political analyst Vyacheslav Danilov.

Alex Bulk appeared in Khamovnichesky court to speak on the process, to try to convince the judge: Action girls in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior was political and not directed against the orthodoxy.

First, he blocked the path of police officers at the entrance to the courthouse. Lawyers for the defendants claimed that the judge ordered the Cheese Marina bailiffs are not allowed into the courthouse witnesses for the defense – that police officers themselves admitted.

“At your disposal it is not allowed in court,” – said the lawyer, Mark Feigin judge. At this point, his guards bark at the dog – and not for the first time. The dog is generally very selectively throws it to the defendants and their counsel, ironically Agency RAPS, the leading online translation of the text of the process.

Lawyer accused Nicholas Polozov remained at the bottom of the passage require Navalny and his colleagues refused to continue the meeting until the referee did not give the order to admit the witnesses in court. “I believe that the questioning of these witnesses will provide at least minimal competitiveness in the process,” – said Feigin.

Some time later, the defenders of the accused returned to the hall, and the judge promised them to consider their request to call witnesses. Feigin read the list of witnesses they want to question: are scientists, theologians, reporters, witnesses, Bulk, Ulitskaya.

The prosecutor on the other hand asks the court to refuse to question all witnesses. In his view, none of them will not be able to say anything useful for the investigation.

Obviously, on the fifth day of the trial nerves pass to all the participants. In the court of the press is constantly in conflict with police officers. And even the normally loyal and discreet in the formulation of the “Interfax” was released on his belt this news: “Bailiffs in Moscow Khamovnichesky Court, where there is a court member punk band Pussy Riot, forbid journalists to talk in the corridor, thereby preventing their professional activities.”

In particular, when the agency was dictating a message, turn the phone off the bailiff demanded, claiming that its use is prohibited in the courthouse.

That said, after all the witnesses admitted

Of those witnesses whom the judge on some principle still agreed to question, in fact did not report anything new, but merely to better characterize the defendants’ side of the girl. Alekhine classmate Mary said that she has always been open and sociable person, was volunteering at the St. Daniel Monastery and environmental programs. When asked the lawyer whether it is a movement of the Orthodox, the witness replied in the affirmative.

Alekhine went as a volunteer in a mental hospital, where he worked with the children drawing. In addition, she is a wonderful mother.

In addition, the court questioned Alexei Shulgin – school teacher photo, where she studied Samutsevich Catherine. He said that the defendant is one of the best pupils in school history.

“I can give her only the most positive response. I do not know about her preferences or attitudes toward religion. To say that she expressed a radical or extremist views, I can not” – said Shulgin.

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