Tyumen lawyer Vyacheslav Antufiev, convicted of actions in favor of investigative bodies, threatens journalists of the newspaper “No censorship” legal action
On Monday, January 22, the official representative of the West Siberian Bar Association Vitaly Shcherbakov outlined the position of the office on the publication of the article “No one will stand” in the newspaper “No censorship” of December 24, 2017. According to him, a colleague of the board – attorney Vyacheslav Antufiev, intends to present to the independent publication of claims for protection of honor, dignity and business reputation.
Confirm the reliability of the information that Antufiev really chose the unproductive way of war with a media resource specializing in investigative journalism, Shcherbakov could not.
The editorial office of the newspaper published correspondence between its head Alexander Ilyin and an employee of the West-Siberian Bar Association (in the text – ZSKA):
Ilyin: Hello! We send information about the trial of Yevgeny Demin (Article 30, Article 105 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) to the lawyer of the West Siberian Bar Association, Vyacheslav Antufiev, with the proposal to prepare a commentary on the publication “No one will stand” on his part. Thank you.
Shcherbakov: Vyacheslav Olegovich got acquainted with this article. Comments, I think so, you will learn from the statement of claim in court on your information resource, on the protection of honor, dignity and business reputation. And also from an application to law enforcement agencies to bring the guilty persons to criminal liability for libel.
Ilyin: First of all, hello! Do you really think that in an independent publication with an 11-year history, texts are written that can lead to prosecution? Especially – to criminal responsibility with proven self-interest, motive, lack of assumptions? You are either mediocrity or you are bluffing. We are waiting for the claim with impatience.
Shcherbakov: You are already insulting me! See you!
Ilyin: You will be in the ZSCA by what position? If the chairman is the weight. Otherwise, colleagues ask for a direct reaction from Atufev without intermediaries. By and large – they are right. You are in the investigation of “no one” and call “no way”. It is not a fact that the position of the “Albanian” (Antufiev likes to emphasize his belonging to the Balkan people – Mr. IN’s comment) corresponds to the information you have given.
Shcherbakov: I will not go down to your level and comment on this.
Ilyin: You already commented, do not include the “back”. Not knowing the level of the opponent, maybe you do not fall, and take off power is not enough))) The main mistake of people in your warehouse is the lack of the ability to objectively assess a possible loss. In the Russian judicial system, a loss is possible in all circumstances. We are interested in your status as a ZSCA. This is nothing more than a formality.
Meanwhile, the hysterical reaction to the text mentioned by the lawyer, not without the participation of the Khanty-Mansiysk Yevgeny Demin, was sentenced to 8 years in a strict-regime colony for a crime involving serious doubts.
The editorial staff has reliable information that the other day Antufyev called one of the publication’s experts, trying to find out the details of the publication’s appearance.
Recall that a resident of Khanty-Mansiysk, Yevgeny Demin, was convicted of preparing for an attempted murder to 8 years in a strict-regime colony in 2016. He was charged with an incident that occurred on November 7, 2014 in one of the high-rise buildings of Tyumen. According to the investigation, Demin, through his friend Borov, hired two Caucasians to eliminate the former husband of his lover – Evgenia Baskakova.
Gagiyev and Barchanoyev were supposed to knock on the door and throw a grenade of RGD-5 into the apartment of the injured Stepan Baskakov. When choosing this version of the investigators did not embarrass that the crime of using a grenade on the morning of the working day on the 10th floor in the center of Tyumen, reduced the chances of the criminals to remain unscathed and to hide undetected were reduced to almost zero.
The figurants of the case, as they say, gave confessions in Tyumen Obnop under severe torture by electric current, suffocation, threat of rape. At the first opportunity, three of the four suspects (including a resident of the village of Yarki of the Khanty-Mansiysk district – now deceased in the Borov zone) refused to admit, claiming to use prohibited methods of inquiry.
Eugene Demin became the only one who admitted guilt in exchange for a promise to obtain a conditional condemnation. Attorney Vyacheslav Antufiev did not file a single petition for his medical (including independent) examination. Despite the fact that the human rights activist knew from the first days, Demin and Gagiev suffered from electric shock on the wet mattress more than others – to the point of refusal of legs due to damage to the nervous system.
The statement of Caucasians about torture was refuted by the results of medical examination of suspects in SIZO-1. a full-time paramedic whose burns in places of contact with bare wires on the hands and feet of Demin, Gagiev, Barchanoyev and Borov did not find.
It is noteworthy that SIZO-1 is the place of permanent service of the injured Stepan Baskakov before retiring. A grenade RGD-5, which appears in the case materials as an instrument of crime, according to the journalists of the newspaper “Without censorship”, was taken from material evidence (not destroyed) in the criminal case 1-843-2010 on illegal arms trafficking.
Gagiev and Barchanoyev explained their presence in the entrance of Baskakov by the fact that they were going to deceive the latter with information about the upcoming murder, which they did not intend to commit, and receive a monetary reward for it.
The video recording of the detention of alleged criminals in the entrance of the house where the injured Baskakov lived, made by law enforcement officers, disappeared in the midst of the trial. Although previously a representative of the prosecutor’s office confirmed the existence of the protocol.
The same record, according to the lawyers of the defendants, testified that Gagiyev and Barchanoyev did not go up to the stairwell of the victim’s apartment, but were on the floor below between the 8th and 9th floors – rather strange behavior for the killers, the only weapon of which is a grenade.
Mysteriously disappeared the witness – a man from the 8th floor, who went out to smoke and saw that the detention was not at all on the staircase of the 10th floor, as evidenced by SOBR officers, and there was no grenade.
There is no decision in the case materials to conduct operative-search activities during which the alleged criminals were detained. The victim stated that he applied to the OVNP on October 29, while the law enforcers in court stated that the Baskakov had only seen the department for the first time on November 5.
The criminal case could have taken a scandalous turn with serious consequences for the representatives of the law enforcement agencies if almost the only procedural “straw” were Evgeni Demin’s confessions, which were the basis of the accusation, and which he had adhered to until the last day, on the instruction of the lawyer Antufiev, .
Lawyers acting in the interests or in agreement with the investigative authorities, prosecutors in the criminal world are called “reds.” The line of defense of Demin was criticized by the experts of “BC” on 24.12.17.
Detailed information about the case is available in the text “No one can stand” by reference and in the PDF-version of the issue.
IGOR NIKITIN, NC, Khanty-Mansiysk