Convicted "Crossbow Coup" plotter to go on trial for alleged calls to terrorism
MOSCOW, November 23 (RAPSI) – Retired Russian military intelligence colonel Vladimir Kvachkov, who was convicted for attempted instigation of an armed riot, will stand trial on charges of making public calls for terrorism, the prosecutor’s office of Republic of Mordovia announced on its website on Wednesday.
The republic’s Deputy Prosecutor Alexey Berezin has approved an indictment in the case, the statement reads. The case has been forwarded to a military court for consideration.
In March, a new criminal case was opened against Kvachkov over pushing for terrorist activities or justifying terrorism.
According to case papers, Kvachkov, who is serving his sentence in a Mordovia’s prison, made a video appeal via his cellphone in 2015. Investigators believe that other inmates sent the video “to email of persons at large.” These people later posted it on the Internet.
Experts found that the video contained linguistic and psychological elements of inciting the public to violent coup and acts of violence against Russian authorities, the statement reads.
Kvachkov could face up to 7 years in prison if found guilty.
Kvachkov, who was acquitted of charges in the attempted murder of former UES CEO Anatoly Chubais in 2005, was found guilty on February 8, 2013, of organizing an armed coup and was sentenced to 13 years in prison and one year of custodial restraint.
Later, the Supreme Court mitigated the sentence to eight years in a high security prison.
Kvachkov is thought to have masterminded plans to oust the government with a small group of followers. Kvachkov has denied all charges but during the trial defended “the right of Russian citizens to hold an uprising."
A career military officer, Kvachkov commanded a Special Forces unit in Afghanistan in 1983. In 1984, after sustaining a head injury, he was awarded the prestigious Order of the Red Star and later received the Order of Courage.