RAMZAN KADYROV VS HRC MEMORIAL AND OLEG ORLOV

LIBEL TRIAL AND CRIMINAL CASE

RAMZAN KADYROV VS OLEG ORLOV. CRIMINAL CASE, APPELLATE STAGE

SUD Criminal case ¹310555 in accordance with part 3, art.129 (libel) of the Criminal Code of Russia against Chairman of the Board of HRC «Memorial» Oleg Orlov, was initiated on October 20, 2009. The proceeding was initiated in relation with the fact that on July 15, 2009 in a Memorial declaration « About the murder of Natalia Estemirova » Oleg Orlov made the President of Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov responsible for the murder of HRC «Memorial» 's employee in Caucasus Natalia Estemirova. On July 6, 2010 accusations were presented against Orlov. On September 13 at the circuit court ¹363 of the Khamovniki district of Moscow the first court session chaired by magistrate Karina Morozova took place. Lawyer Henry Reznik defended O. Orlov. The lawyer of the victim R. Kadyrov was Andrei Krasnenkov. At the final court session on June 14, 2011, the judge Karina Morozova passed an absolutely sentence for Oleg Orlov. The public prosecutor Artem Sadovnikov lodged an appeal on June 22 (in Russian), the representative of the victim sent a petition of appeal to the court on June 24 (in Russian). Orlov's lawyer lodged his objections in July (in Russian). On October 4, 2011 in Khamovniki ñourt the consideration of appeals started. In the course of the three hearings the judge Andrey Lutov would read out the witnesses’ testimonies. Kadyrov’s representative intended to summon new witnesses and launch a mysterious media campaign. At the same time, President Medvedev implemented a law that decriminalized libel, and on January 20, 2012 the ‘not guilty’ verdict by the court of the first instance was repealed and the case against Orlov was discontinued.







28.02.2012 Publication of an Analytical Note “Kadyrov vs. Orlov: The defence of human rights on trial”

24.01.2012 Criminal Prosecution of Oleg Orlov Discontinued

17.01.2012 Criminal Proceedings against Oleg Orlov will be Closed January 20

05.12.2011 Kadyrov v. Orlov: Hearing of Appeals Continues

31.10.2011 Kadyrov v. Orlov, Appellate Stage: Announcing of Evidence Continues

27.10.2011 Kadyrov v. Orlov: Tomorrow Hearing of Appeals will Continue

21.10.2011 Hearing of Appeals on Acquittal of Oleg Orlov Cancelled

05.10.2011 Consideration of Orlov's case has Started in the Court of Second Instance

03.10.2011 Kadyrov v. Orlov: Tomorrow Consideration of Appeals will Take Place




SUD

Criminal case ¹310555 in accordance with part 3, art.129 (libel) of the Criminal Code of Russia against Chairman of the Board of HRC «Memorial» Oleg Orlov, was initiated on October 20, 2009.
The proceeding was initiated in relation with the fact that on July 15, 2009 in a Memorial declaration « About the murder of Natalia Estemirova » Oleg Orlov made the President of Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov responsible for the murder of HRC «Memorial» 's employee in Caucasus Natalia Estemirova.
On July 6, 2010 accusations were presented against Orlov.
On September 13 at the circuit court ¹363 of the Khamovniki district of Moscow (Street year 1905, house  4, building 1) the first court session chaired by magistrate Karina Morozova took place.
Lawyer Henry Reznik stands for the defense of O. Orlov. The lawyer of the victim R. Kadyrov is Andrei Krasnenkov.
In the course of seven court sessions seven witnesses for the prosecution were interrogated: Malsagova A., Dzubajraev O., Djumaliev U., Kagirova T., Komkov S., Nuhajiev N., Dadalaev I.; and seven defense witnesses : Gannushkina S., Cherkasov A., Sokirianskaya E., Lokshina T., Shvedov G., Kalyapin I., Mnacakanyan A. Further two «technical» witnesses were interrogated - Orlov I. and Klimova Y. - and written testimonies from the prosecution side were examined.
At the hearing on May 16, 2011 the investigation in court was brought to an end. The witnesses Muslim Khuchiev, Al'vy Karimov, Salavdi Dzhamiev, Zoya Svetova and Svetlana Gannushkina (repeated interrogation) were questioned. On June 9, 2011, at another court hearing pleadings took place.
Senior assistant prosecutor Artem Sadovnikov asked the trial to find Orlov guilty and inflict penalty of 150 000 roubles. At the final court session on June 14, 2011, the judge Karina Morozova passed an absolutely sentence for Oleg Orlov.




14.06.2011 Oleg Orlov is Absolved. Text of the Absolutely Sentence

10.06.2011 At Court Hearing on Orlov Case Pleadings Took Place

09.06.2011 Oleg Orlov is Delivering his Last Plea in the Court (Text)

09.06.2011 Witnesses for Prosecution Contradict One Another and Disprove Ramzan Kadyrov

08.06.2011 Tomorrow Court Session of Orlov's Case: Hearing of Arguments

12.05.2011 Trial Over Oleg Orlov's Criminal Case isn't Completed

18.04.2011 "The Court Showed Contempt for Itself"

28.03.2011 Neither Kadyrov nor his Representative Appeared in Court

03.03.2011 March 3rd. In Court Oleg Orlov Gave His Statement in Free Form (Text)

04.02.2011 Court Hearing in the Case of Oleg Orlov is Postponed till March 3

14.01.2011 Questioning of Orlov's Defense Witnesses Completed

12.01.2011 The Next Hearing in Oleg Orlov's Case Will Take Place Tomorrow, January 13

16.12.2010 Another Court Hearing in the Orlov's Case Took Place

15.12.2010 Next Hearing in the Orlov's Case Will Take Place Tomorrow, on December 16

26.11.2010 Krasnenkov Is Interested Whether There Is a Special Group in Memorial that Influences the Disliked Physically

23.11.2010 Next Hearing in the Orlov's Case Will Take Place on November 25

02.11.2010 Another Court Hearing in the Orlov's Case Took Place

15.10.2010 The Third Hearing in the Orlov’s case. Nukhazhiev is not Aware of What Kadyrov said

13.10.2010 Next Hearing in the Orlov's Case Will Take Place on October 14

30.09.2010 Ramzan Kadyrov’s Representative Misleads Journalists

28.09.2010 Second Court Session on Orlov’s Case. The Parties’ Motions and Questioning of the Witness from the Prosecution’s Side

24.09.2010 The Second Court Hearing in the Orlov's Case Will Take Place on September, 27

16.09.2010 Court Hearing in the Orlov's case Was Carried out with Serious Procedural Violations

05.10.2009 October 6, the second court hearing in a suit brought by Ramzan Kadyrov against Mr. Orlov and HRC Memorial

25.09.2009 First court session in case of Kadyrov vs HRC Memorial and Orlov

10.09.2009 Kadyrov v. Orlov and Memorial HRC: Date Set for First Hearing.


09.06.2011 Dernier mot d'Oleg Orlov (Francais)

09.06.2011 Oleg Orlov's Last Plea

03.03.2011 Testimony in free form of Oleg Orlov

05.05.2010 Russia must protect human rights defenders. Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

28.04.2010 Concern at political reprisals against Oleg Orlov. European Liberal Democrats

28.01.2010 FIDH and OMCT Judicial Observatory Mission Report Ramzan Kadyrov v. Oleg Orlov and the Human Rights Centre "Memorial", September 25 and October 6, 2009

09.10.2009 Oleg Orlov statement. Examination of R. Kadyrov’s lawsuit: conclusions from the first round

10.09.2009 Communication from Memorial Human Rights Centre concerning the case of R.A. Kadyrov for the protection of honour, dignity, business reputation and compensation for moral harm at the Tverskoi District Court, Moscow.

Russian Federation: Criminal charges against human rights defender must be dropped


12.01.2011 Transcript of the Latest Hearing in the Case of Oleg Orlov Can Be Found on Memorial's Website

15.12.2010 Full Trial Transcripts of the Fourth and Fifth Court Hearings on Orlov's Case Can Be Found on Memorial's web-site


Russian Federation: Criminal charges against human rights defender must be dropped



COURT DECISION (in Russian)

Tverskoy District Court of Moscow. Decision i libel case brought by R.Kadyrov against HRC Memorial and O.Orlov. October 6, 2009. (download RAR 2.1 Mb)



SECOND COURT HEARING, October 6, 2009 (in Russian)

Additions of Kadyrov representative (in Russian)

Testimony of witness Alexander Cherkasov (in Russian)

Testimony of witness Grigory Shvedov (in Russian)

Testimony of witness Umar Dzhumaliev (in Russian)

Testimony of witness Olhazar Dzubairaev (in Russian)

Testimony of witness Tamara Kagirova (in Russian)

Testimony of witness Aminat Malsagova (in Russian)

Debate - Kadyrov representative Krasnenkov (in Russian)

Debate - HRC Memorial representative Davidis (in Russian)

Debate - HRC Memorial representative Karetnikova (in Russian)

Debate - Orlov advocate Stavitskaya (in Russian)

Final part of court debate (in Russian)


FIRST COURT HEARING, September 25, 2009

Full record of first part of the court session (speach of Kadyrov representative) (in Russian)

Oleg Orlov testimony

Testimony of witness Ekaterina Sokiryanskaya (in Russian)

Testimony of witness Tatiana Lokshina (in Russian)

Testimony of witness Aleksander Mnatsakanyan (in Russian)

Testimony of witness Svetlana Gannushkina (in Russian)


DEFENDANTS - DOCUMENTS

06.10.2009 Comments of Oleg Orlov of the Chechen TV broadcasts (video in Russian)

10.09.2009 Defendants' Objections to the claim for the protection of honor, dignity, business reputation and compensation for moral harm

15.07.2009 HRC Memorial on the killing of Natalia Estemirova

16.07.2009 Press-conference in memory of Natalia Estemirova. Full texts of the speeches of the participants, QA, photos (in Russian)


PLAINTIFF - DOCUMENTS

10.09.2009 Statement of Claim of Ramzan Kadyrov (vs HRC Memorial and Oleg Orlov)

13.08.2009 Attachment to Statement of Claim - protocol of website examination (pdf 1,7 Mb) (in Russian)

16.07.2009 Chechen high authorities on human rights and methods of fighting terrirism. Selected records (texts) of Chechen TV broadcasts. (in Russian)



Russian memorial page

Photo. Natasha Estemirova, memorial photoalbum (hro.org)






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