Human rights council chair visits starving Moscow Region district ex-head in detention
MOSCOW, July 26 (RAPSI) - Mikhail Fedotov, Chairman of the Presidential Council for Human Rights, has visited Alexander Shestun, detained ex-head of the Moscow Region’s Serpukhov District who has been on hunger strike for a long time, the advisory body’s press service reports.
Shestun has gone on a dry hunger strike without drinking water that is a danger to life. Doctors regularly make analysis, control the situation and hold daily councils, according to Fedotov.
human rights council chair has managed to persuade Shestun to take steps to survive recommended by doctors, including drinking water, the statement reads.
The Fedotov has also expressed hope that the Moscow City Court can place the detained defendant under house arrest because of his poor health.
On Thursday, the Moscow City Court postponed the hearing of Shestun’s appeal against extension of detention until July 30.
In early June, the court extended the defendant’s detention until September 13.
In April, the Krasnogorsk City Court in the Moscow Region forfeited 10-billion-ruble ($150 million) worth assets owned by Shestun to the state. The court therefore granted a motion lodged by the Prosecutor General’s Office to seize more than 670 real estate items in the Moscow Region’s Serpukhov district and 22 cars. This property status does not correspond to his income, prosecutors stated.
Shestun has registered his property in the name of his relatives or trustees to evade declaration and suppression of his actual material position. Some property items have been sold, and the funds received have been converted to his own use or the use of his cronies, according to the prosecution.
On January 18, the Investigative Committee reported that investigators received evidence that Shestun owned land plots worth 2.2 billion rubles ($33 million) aside from other assets found earlier.
According to case papers, between 2008 and 2014, the Serpukhov District administration headed by Shestun illegally transferred four land plots in a local village to the company Center. Damage caused by these actions was estimated at 62 million rubles (about $925,000), investigators claim. He pleaded not guilty.