2012/09/03 "Case of Sergei Khudoroshko: Date of Discussion Fixed"
  • Press Release No. 63/1497
  • 03/09/2012

The Mother's Right Foundation spent all summer in Kamchatka. There died Sergei Khudoroshko (b. 1992) from the Novosibirsk Region. His parents applied to the foundation, and our lawyer represents their interests in court. Sergei was called up to military service in November 2010, and served in the Coast Guard Forces, Kamchatka. On April 28, 2011 Sergei was found dead in the basement of a building belonging to M.U. 09762. In January 2011, the investigation found out that a senior serviceman of the same unit, Mr. Chamkurov, had been extorting money from Khudoroshko and threatening him with violence. During the medical examinations of March 30 and April 14, the doctor's assistant of the unit registered Sergei's numerous bodily injuries - hematomas and scratches. Chamkurov was charged under Article 163, s. 1, and Article 163, s. 2, p. ‘c', of the RF CC (violent extortion) and Article 335, s. 3, of the RF CC (violation of military regulations resulting in serious consequences). The case is tried in the 35th Garrison Court, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatky.

After the hearing of May 29, 2012 the court interrogated all the witnesses possible (some of them twice) in the court hall and through video conferences; the court read out all the case materials and experts' reports proving the guilt of the accused and numerous violations on the part of the officers of the M.U. 09762 whose negligence had led to Chamkurov's criminal actions.

The order of the hearings is as follows:

On August 16, when the court could start the discussion, the accused hired another attorney who needed time to study the case materials. The court announced a break till August 29.

The hearing of August 29 was cancelled because the attorney of the accused had failed to look through all the materials and the records of the previous hearings. The hearing was scheduled for August 31.

The hearing of August 31 was canceled too, because the attorney of the accused was not ready again.

Today, on September 3, the trial resumed. Chamkurov's new attorney did not differ from the previous one. He, too, asked the court to let Chamkurov take a lie detector test though such previous request was dismissed at the hearing of August 7 because: a sentence can't be based on the information received in this way as it is of subjective nature; the court was going to consider the testimonies given by Chamkurov and witnesses in the case. Chamkurov asked to interrogate some Kotlov who, according to the accused, had been experiencing bullying on the part of servicemen Subbotin and Abdulkerimov. But he could say nothing when asked about Kotlov's connection to the case.

There were no other requests.

At last, Judge Zachyosov asked the parties whether they were ready for discussion.  

‘Yes,' answered the prosecutor and the lawyer of the Mother's Right Foundation, Zarema Yusupova.

‘No,' said the attorney of the accused.

‘Be prepared,' said the judge.

The discussion was scheduled for September 5, 15:00.