MOSCOW, July 5 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – Oksana Tkachenko, a mother of two who received 6 years and 8 months in prison for the attempted murder of her husband, will have a chance to get back to her children if a criminal case against her is reviewed, Russia's children's rights commissioner Anna Kuznetsova told RAPSI.
Earlier, the Investigative Committee Chairman Alexander Bastrykin ordered to check the rulings in the case of Tkachenko, who allegedly tried to defend herself and her son from the former husband.
If the inspection results in retrial, Tkachenko’s sentence may be reduced or overturned, Kuznetsova said. Even mitigation of the sentence will make it possible to lodge a motion to suspend the sentence until her children reach the age of 14, she added. Under the current legislation, suspension of punishment in murder cases may be applied only if the given sentence does not exceed 5 years.
According to Kuznetsova, two children of Tkachenko are currently in the custody of their grandmother. The father of a younger daughter, whose life the woman allegedly attempted on, refused to take tutorship.
Recently, there were times of judgment vacation in high profile cases, Russian children’s rights ombudsman noted. In particular, Kuznetsova supported acquittal and release of former kindergarten teacher Yevgeniya Chudnovets, who had been earlier convicted of distributing pornography by sharing video in a social network.
According to case papers, Chudnovets published video, where a little child was shown naked, on the Vkontakte social network. Bushmakov earlier told RAPSI that this was a video made by someone else, shared by Chudnovets to bring attention to situation in recreational camps for children. The woman has pleaded not guilty.
In November 2016, she was sentenced to 6 months in a penal colony. Later, her prison term was reduced to 5 months. In March 2017, a court in the Kurgan Region vacated her sentence and released Chudnovets from prison immediately. The woman has returned to her son, who could be sent to send to an orphan home, the children’s rights ombudsman said.