The prosecutor’s office asked to add 7 months to Shestun in the case of insulting government officials and threats against them

The prosecutor's office asked for 7 months for the ex-head of the Serpukhov district, Alexander Shestun, in the case of insulting government officials and threatening them. It is reported by Sota with reference to Yulia Shestun's wife. They want to add these months to Shestun's 15-year term, which he is currently serving.

A year ago, Shestun was accused of threatening to kill the federal judge who sentenced him, as well as the state prosecutor and the bailiff. The charge was brought under three articles of Part 1 of Art. 296 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (threat to kill, infliction of harm to health), part 2 of Art. 297 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (contempt of court) and Art. 319 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (insulting a representative of the authorities). Shestun stated that the accusations were taken out of context, and the linguistic expertise was carried out by the same people as in the cases of Memorial and Navalny, which already casts doubt on its objectivity.

In December 2020, the Podolsky City Court of the Moscow Region sentenced Shestun to 15 years in a strict regime colony. The ex-official was accused of taking a bribe, fraud, money laundering and illegal participation in business activities (Article 289 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).

Shestun considers his case to be politically motivated. A few months before his arrest, in the spring of 2018, Shestun published a video message to Vladimir Putin, in which he spoke about being forced to resign under the threat of confiscation of his house and criminal prosecution. According to Shestun, the governor of the Moscow region Andrei Vorobyov sought his dismissal. In particular, Shestun posted a recording of a conversation with FSB General Tkachev, who blackmailed him and threatened him with a “skating rink” of criminal cases if he did not resign.

Shestun repeatedly reported threats and beatings from the FSIN officers in IK-6, where he is serving a term. Last December, the Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow refused to transfer him to another colony.

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