At the beginning the prosecution decided to attach several documents
to the case.
The first document was the transcript of the
meeting between Ramzan Kadyrov
and representatives of the HRC Memorial on February
22, 2008. The representative of
the victim managed to certify and submit it in proper way at last.
The accused Orlov and his lawyer Reznik
didn't have any objections.
After that Andrey
Krasnenkov suddenly asked to attach an
odd document to the case – a typewritten text, signed by first
deputy head of the Grozny city administration Dzhaniev,
which was addressed to the city mayor Muslim
Khuchiev. Date of the document –
March 31, 2008.
This document was allegedly written on the very day, when at the
meeting in the Palace of Youth Ramzan Kadyrov pounced upon Natalya
Estemirova and hired her from the post
of Chairman of Public council on promoting human rights and freedoms
of the Grozny citizens.
Since three years after the meeting the
representative of the victim has brought to the court the document
in which Dzhaniev asserts that Estemirova refused to sign the
protocol of the session of the Public council in which she said she
didn't want any more to chair the Council and was going to leave the
country for vacation for a long time. Along with that in this
"document" her surname Estemirova is written with a
mistake: "Estamirova". The text isn't typed on printed
official form. There are no incoming and outcoming identification
marks, resolutions, notes of attaching the documentation on the
It is obvious that the defence declared the
inadmissibility of attaching this document to the case. The lawyer
Genry Reznik emphasized the oddity that "during such a long
period of time nobody provided this document to any agency. But the
debates about the circumstances of Natasha's leaving the post of
chairman of the Council occurred much earlier". In the opinion
of the defence a numerous quantity of such documents could be made.
"There are no grounds to think that this text is a copy of a
real document. I would like to draw your attention that there are no
outcoming or incoming numbers, no official printing form. You can
make as many such documents as you wish with the date 31/03/2008"
– Orlov said. As the result the judge Karina
Morozova refused to attach this
"document" to the case.
She also refused to attach an extract from the
protocol of the session of the Public council of Grozny on March
28, 2008 because of improper
execution of the document.
According to Oleg Orlov's motion the trial
attached to the case two Memorial's press statements about the
meeting of Memorial's employees with Kadyrov on February 22, 2008
("About the Meeting of HRC Memorial's Employees with the
President of the Chechen Republic and Its First Results"
–in Russian, Febuary 27, 2008
and about the results of this meeting in month and a half: "Interim
Results of the Meeting of HRC Memorial's Employees with the
President of the Chechen Republic"
- in Russian, April 17, 2008).
In the second press statement Memorial reported about Kadyrov's rude
attacks on Estemirova and her withdrawal from the post.
After that the representative of the prosecution
suddenly entered a motion to postpone the next hearing because it
was necessary to question two more witnesses – the mayor of
Grozny Muslim Khuchiev and the press-secretary of the Chechen
government and of the President Al'vy
Karimov. Reznik and Orlov didn't
object. The court satisfied this motion.
Orlov made a statement that from his point of
view the representative of the victim and the victim himself
systematically and deliberately protracted the process. "To my
opinion, it is obvious that they protract the process. This is
systematic, deliberate, prolonged procrastination… I don't
understand why the representative of the victim couldn't do that at
the previous hearing".
Hereby, at the next hearing on May
16, 2011, at 10:30 am, the
judicial investigation will continue. The witnesses Muslim Khuchiev
and Al'vy Karimov will be questioned. The representative of the
victim committed himself to provide the attendance of the witnesses.
May 12, 2011