Oppositionist's appeal of sentence for selling drugs to be heard on November 7
MOSCOW, October 24 - RAPSI, Diana Gutsul. A Smolensk court will hear The Other Russia member Taisiya Osipova's appeal against her eight-year sentence for selling drugs on November 7, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Wednesday.
Earlier, the court adjourned the consideration of her appeal as her defense submitted additional materials, of which not all the parties had been notified, including the defendant herself.
The materials contain a European Court of Human Rights ruling, which, the lawyers say, states that test purchase of drugs was a provocation by undercover officers to break the law.
Osipova is a member of the unregistered The Other Russia party and the wife of a member of its executive committee. She was arrested in November 2010.
The Interior Ministry reported earlier that law enforcement officers bought nearly four grams of cocaine from Osipova during a special operation and later found nine grams of narcotics at her house. Opposition figures believe she was arrested due to her husband's political affairs.
The Interior Ministry said last summer that Osipova's arrest has nothing to do with politics.
Osipova is on the political prisoners list, which was submitted by the opposition to Presidential Human Rights Council head Mikhail Fedotov.