The judge of the Kostroma Sverdlovsk District Court Vasily Glushkov on March 27 sentenced Eduard Volkov, ex-employee of Extremist Unit who was charged under Article 286 of the Criminal Code ("Exceeding authority with the use of violence"). During picketing, he dissected the eyebrow of Aleksey Navalny's follower Aleksander Zykov.
Volkov was imposed with restrictions on occupying senior positions for two years. At the beginning of the hearing, he made his final statements.
"I'm sorry for what happened. I did not have the intention to cause any injuries to the victim", the defendant said.
At the previous hearing, the prosecution asked for four years provisionally for Volkov.
The representative of the Public Verdict Foundation Dmitry Egoshin, who represents Zykov in court, said that he was satisfied with the sentence.
“Taking into account our conditions, this is a sufficient measure of punishment. I handled the cases where those who caused more serious harm to the health were given 1,5 years of a suspended sentence. And three years is the lower possible verdict's limit for such cases”.
Egoshin added that he intended to appeal against the decision.
The deputy coordinator of Aleksey Navalny's headquarters in Kostroma Alexander Zykov, along with other activists of the headquarters on August 5, 2017 helped organize picketing on Oktyabrskaya Square in Kostroma. The police arrived at the place. Zykov argued with major Volkov, who was wearing civilian clothes, about the legalimacy of the campaign. The policeman hit his head against Zykov's face and dissected the eyebrow. In the fall of 2017, they opened a criminal case against Volkov.
Aleksei Ukhankov, Daniil Kuznetsov, «7х7»