The court requires Kirill Skripin, the person involved in the Putin is a Thief graffiti case, to appear at the hearings, despite the fact that he has tuberculosis and is on sick leave. About this writes "OVD-Info" with reference to his lawyer Irina Gak.
Previously, Skripin filed a motion to suspend the consideration of the case, or to have the meetings held without him. The prosecutor did not accept them and suggested that the man call an ambulance. He refused, because in his case, the ambulance would not help. Skripin was unable to come to the last meeting, as a result of which he was issued a drive to the next one.
According to Gak, the court sent a request to the hospital asking if Skripin could attend the hearings. The medical institution replied that this is possible, but only if there is a protective mask. However, as Skripin's lawyer emphasizes, the court's request concerned exclusively the safety of her client for those around him. The court did not specify how attending the meeting would affect Skripin's health.
Skripin, as well as Mikhail Selitsky and their underage acquaintance, were detained in March 2021 on charges of participating in an “extremist group.” According to the FSB, they were preparing to “apply insulting inscriptions” about the Russian authorities on the walls of buildings in Rostov-on-Don. Criminal cases were opened against Selitsky and Skripin under the article on “vandalism motivated by political hostility” (part 2 of article 214 of the Criminal Code). Selitsky was sentenced in October 2022 to one and a half years of restriction of freedom and compulsory treatment in a psychiatric hospital.