The investigation of 19-year-old Matvey Yuferov, who on November 24 drunk urinated on the stand in memory of the guard lieutenant Anatoly Frolov, was completed in a record three days. Five investigators worked on the case even over the weekend. They directly told Yuferov’s lawyer that this was a political case and that “now are the times.” Tatiana Solomina, the defendant’s lawyer, told The Insider about how the detention and investigation proceeded.
Now the case has been submitted for approval to the prosecutor’s office, and Yuferov has been sent to a pre-trial detention center until January 25. He faces a fine of up to 5 million rubles or imprisonment for up to 5 years for desecrating the symbols of Russia’s military glory under the article on the rehabilitation of Nazism. Yuferov fully admitted guilt, but denies having any Nazi views. He asked for forgiveness to the society and relatives of the veteran, and also donated 30 thousand rubles accumulated during his work as a courier to the Memory of Generations fund, which is engaged in helping veterans and preserving their memory.
“There is no explanation for my deed, I am incredibly ashamed of it and endlessly repent,” said Yuferov. According to the lawyer, the young man “dreams of returning everything back.”
According to Solomina, the victim in the case was the veteran’s son. He did not file a claim for non-pecuniary damage and refused the defendant’s money.
Solomina noted that, apparently, the law enforcement agencies learned about the offense from the media. Investigators most likely did not see the photo of the incident, published by Yuferov on Instagram, as it was quickly removed. However, they could get acquainted with it in mass media publications.
According to Solomina, interpreting the incident as the rehabilitation of Nazism is “too much.”
“The punishment that threatens him, and the very fact that he is already sitting in a temporary detention facility for a crime of average gravity, committed for the first time, with repentance, is an out of the ordinary situation, because, in general, we have Recently, no one was imprisoned in a pre-trial detention center in terms of moderate severity under such introductory conditions. Nowadays, times are slightly different, moods are different, a different vector, and this is a political story. It is from the words of the investigator that the story is political, that now are the times. “
Solomina said that the case is being investigated by an investigative group of five people. “At first it was one investigator, then, when the investigative actions began, we were informed about the creation of an investigation group under the leadership of the chief investigator who is in charge of the case. It has already gone to the prosecutor to approve the indictment. “
According to her, there was a lot of false information in the media about the circumstances of the offense.
“There were a lot of outright lies about the fact that my client escaped, got on the re-run and three electric trains, that he had some kind of prison past, some photos with bars, that he was detained in St. Petersburg as a result of well-coordinated actions of the investigation – says Solomina. – All this is absolutely not true. He really left for St. Petersburg, the trip was planned, the ticket was bought a few days before the event, and the event was just a hooligan spontaneous trick, and not a planned action. It did not occur to him that his undoubtedly immoral act could lead to such consequences. He learned from the media that a criminal case had been opened, one of the journalists contacted him, and he wrote down an apology. I realized that I had to return, otherwise they would decide that he had escaped and was hiding. ”
The guy was detained while boarding the plane. The lawyer noted that he was detained by employees of the main department for combating extremism without presenting any documents for detention. The documents were not presented to the lawyer, who left to meet Yuferov. The staff of Center E learned that he was in St. Petersburg from Yuferov’s mother, who, according to the lawyer, “began to intimidate”. She, as Solomina says, “is horrified that because of a rash act, her son may end up in the colony,” bought him a return ticket from St. Petersburg to Moscow.
The very next day after the arrest, the investigation filed a petition for a measure of restraint in the form of detention, although the defense added to the case file that Yuferov had the opportunity to serve a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest in the apartment of his mother, who had given her consent. In addition, the defense declared its readiness to post a bail three times higher than the amount required in cases of this category.
“The trial was absolutely farcical, because everything was known in advance,” says Solomina. – All materials from the courtroom were immediately poured into LifeNews by the court clerk, even if the defense objected. Everything was filmed, the court granted LifeNews’ petition to provide these materials, despite the objections of the defense. We all know how actively the press is expelled from any landmark trials, the trial is closed under the guise of a covid or something else, but nevertheless, when it is really necessary, the court opens on Saturday and all materials from the courtroom are provided. None of the arguments of the defense was taken into account, and with a sufficient speedy process, the court ruled on detention. “
The lawyer notes that judging by the speed with which the investigation was completed, even despite numerous violations, there is reason to think that the trial may take place even next week.
“The race was absolutely frenzied. And it is important to note that after getting acquainted with the materials of the investigation, my client agreed to consider the case in a special order, that is, without considering the evidence with a full admission of guilt. This means that he cannot be given more than two-thirds of the term, which is due to the highest bar of this norm. If we take five years, then they cannot give him more than three years and four months. But even so, this is a very long time. “
According to Solomina, the article on the rehabilitation of Nazism in Russia is too exaggerated, since those who committed a stupid and bad, immoral trick are judged by it, even near monuments of military glory.
“I believe that after all, the rehabilitation of Nazism is something more global, it is necessary to prove the very rehabilitation itself and the very set of values and attitudes of the person who did it. My client had three searches and nothing indicating that he professes these principles was found – not a single leaflet, not a single book, not a single badge with Nazi symbols. He also does not propagandize these views anywhere, and this trick itself was not accompanied by any slogans. This is from the series – “a homeless man dried his socks on the Eternal Flame.” He is still in jail, and the case is under Bastrykin’s personal control. Absolute exaggeration, and hence a poor-quality consequence, because the fact itself and public indignation are enough for it. Therefore, procedural norms are neglected, the process itself is accelerating, there are many violations of the procedure, and still the investigation in this sense can be absolutely 100% sure that the court will agree with all its arguments, as it was when choosing a preventive measure. This is a vicious story, because both the quality of the investigation and the quality of justice suffer from this. “
Recently, there are more and more persons involved in criminal cases under the article on the rehabilitation of Nazism. Cases are being instituted because of lighting up from the eternal flame or cooking sausages on it, very often teenagers are delinquent. In October, the Investigative Committee accused a homeless man of rehabilitating Nazism for drying his socks on an eternal fire in Miass. Initially, a criminal case was initiated under article “Vandalism” (214 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). However, the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, became interested in the incident, and the case was re-qualified.