Date: 2 months ago   Category: Investigations

The number of verdicts of not guilty in Russia reached a historic low


In the last two years the share of justified fell in Russia four times and makes 0.24 percent from the total number of sentences now. The Proyekt edition reports about it. In 2018 courts considered criminal cases concerning 885 thousand people. From them 682 thousand were condemned and only 2082 persons — are acquitted. At the same time 43 percent of verdicts of not guilty were cancelled by superior courts, and as a result of only 1463 persons from 2082 managed to defend the innocence up to the end, justificatory sentences concerning them took legal effect. Last year courts justified in comparison with 2017 on 151 cases less proceeding from what the edition specifies that the share of verdicts of not guilty reached a historic low in Post-Soviet Russia. In the 1990s courts pronounced justificatory sentences in 0.3 — 0.4 percent of cases. The author of article specifies that the Russian judges more often and more willingly acquit officials — from 3.4 thousand brought in 2018 to court 105 were found not guilty. Also prefer to impose them the sentences which are not connected with imprisonment. Materials on teme18:16 — on August 10, 2017 Active a grazhdaninza that condemned the journalist of RBC Alexander Sokolovayeshche more often the Russian courts acquit security officers, it is noted in the publication. The most severe judges in Moscow: they are ready to believe only 1.4 percent which declared innocence. And their colleagues from the Caucasus justify more often. The vast majority of defendants completely admit guilt and agree to a special order of consideration of the case by court. In this case proofs are not investigated — and sentence is imposed minimum. Completely only four percent of defendants deny fault. Only they have a chance of justification, but also it is low, the author of article specifies. The research about domestic judicial to a system was conducted by the journalist Alexander Sokolov sentenced to 3.5 years of colony for participation in activity "Army of will of the people" which was banned by court. According to charge, together with adherents the journalist continued business of "Army of will of the people" under the guise of initiative group on holding a referendum "For the responsible power". Sokolov connects criminal prosecution with professional activity. He left colony in August, 2018, having left in the conclusion three years and one month. Feedback with department "Law enforcement agencies":

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