The presidential Ombudsman appealed to the Prosecutor in the case of journalist RBC

The investigative Committee Alexander Sokolov at the meeting of the court of September 2015

The Commissioner for human rights Tatyana Moskalkova sent a letter in jail to the investigative Committee Alexander Sokolov the prosecution. “The appeal was sent with the request to verify the lawfulness and legality of the decisions taken. While I have no response to this request,” — said Moskalkova, speaking at coordination meeting of regional commissioners of the Public chamber. According to Moskalkova, Sokolov wrote its predecessor Ella Pamfilova.

Pamfilova, who in March left his post as Ombudsman and moved to the CEC, asked Moscow city court to check out a few solutions to extend the content of Sokolov’s detention and the refusal to appeal this ruling. In his address Pamfilova pointed to the violation of the rights of the journalist: in her opinion, the investigators did not substantiate the need for the extension of the arrest. To advocate Pamfilova Sokolova in November 2015, has asked the lawyers of Sokolov, told RBC lawyer of the journalist Olga Dinze.

The Presidium of the Moscow city court, having examined the appeal Pamfilova, refused to hold a hearing on the merits.

In may, the falcons turned to Moskalkova with a request to check the actions of the prosecution on the rule of law. Sokolov has said that he considers the prosecution is fabricated and infringe upon constitutional rights to freedom of speech and thought, independent journalism, and the participation of citizens in the referendum. So he asked to check the actions of the investigator Natalia Teleway.

The special correspondent of RBC Alexander Sokolov was arrested on 29 July 2015. 15 June 2016 Khamovniki court extended his arrest until July 25.

According to investigators, falcons, and former editor of the newspaper “Duel” Yury Mukhin and colleagues Valery Parfenov last and Cyril Barabash under the guise of “Initiative group for a referendum for responsible government” (IGPR CALL) in violation of article 282.2 of the criminal code (organization of an extremist organization) continued activities of a proscribed organisation “army of the will of the people” (AVN), which was recognized as extremist by the court in the fall of 2010.

The investigation considers that, by renaming the organization, the defendants wanted to “undermine the political situation in the direction of instability and change existing power illegally”. Sokolov himself insists that the activities of IGPR-the CALL was not extremism, as the only purpose of the organization, according to its Statute, was a referendum on the adoption of the law on the responsibility of the government.