Alexander Bakhtin. Photo: SOTA
On August 11, the Mytishchi City Court near Moscow sentenced 51-year-old animal rights activist Alexander Bakhtin to six years in a penal colony. He was accused of spreading “fake news” about the army over three posts on VK written in the spring of 2022: about a possible blockade of Kyiv, the killing of civilians in Bucha, and Ukrainian volunteers risking their lives to save stray animals during the war. In addition to the prison term, the court ordered Bakhtin to undergo compulsory outpatient psychiatric treatment; an expert claims that he “could not fully understand the factual nature and public danger of his actions and control them.” We publish excerpts from Bakhtin’s objections in court, which he asked to be added to case files before the verdict. By reading these notes, readers can assess the clarity and consistency of his thought process.
Mediazona thanks Nikita Spivak, the OVD-Info lawyer, for the access to his client’s manuscript.
Editor: Dmitry Tkachev
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