11 Sep 2018 22:52

Moscow court leaves 4 New Greatness suspects in remand prison until December

MOSCOW. Sept 11 (Interfax) - Moscow's Dorogomilovsky District Court has extended for another three months the arrest of Ruslan Kostylenkov, Dmitry Poletayev, Vyacheslav Kryukov and Pyotr Karamzin, all accused of organizing and participating in the New Greatness extremist movement, an Interfax correspondent reported.

"The investigator's request is granted. The period of custody is extended through December 13 for Kostylenkov, Poletayev, Kryukov, and Karamzin," Judge Galina Talanina read in the judgment.

The court earlier left under house arrest until the same date suspects Anna Pavlikova and Maria Dubovik, permitting the young girls to take walks around quarters adjacent to their houses daily, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Maxim Pashkov, lawyer for Dubovik, told Interfax that the court also ruled on September 10 to extend, until December 13, house arrest for another four suspects in the New Greatness case, namely, Maxim Roshchin, Pavel Rebrovsky, Sergei Gavrilov, and Rustam Rustamov.

On March 16, the Dorogomilovsky Court ordered custody of six New Greatness activists, including 18-year-old Pavlikova and 19-year-old Dubovik. Another four suspects were placed under house arrest.

Investigators accused the activists of the New Greatness movement of seeking to overthrow Russia's constitutional system and set up an interim government. Their lawyers have said that the charges filed against their clients were based on testimony given by law enforcement officials who infiltrated the group during the investigation. The suspects have been charged with setting up an extremist community and participating in it.

Later on August 16, the court accommodated an investigator's request to replace custody with house arrest as a measure of restraint for Pavlikova and Dubovik.