The investigation reclassified the accusation against Ruslan Zinin, who shot at the military commissar Alexander Eliseev in the Irkutsk region. According to the Solidarity Zone, he is now accused of committing a “terrorist act” (paragraph “c” of part 2 of article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
Initially, Zinin was accused of “encroachment on the life of a law enforcement officer” (Article 317 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
On September 26, timber truck driver Ruslan Zinin came with a shotgun to the military registration and enlistment office of Ust-Ilimsk (Irkutsk region), after his brother received a summons. Shortly before this, Zinin's friend died in the war. Commissar Alexander Eliseev spoke at the meeting with the mobilized. Zinin began to ask him questions about his dead friend. At that moment, someone in the audience asked, “Where are we going?” “Now let’s all go home!” Zinin shouted back and fired twice at the military commissar.
As a result, brother Zinin was not mobilized, and the military commissar Eliseev spent a month and a half in the hospital. Zinin was sent to a pre-trial detention center. The Solidarity Zone notes that the initial charge of “encroachment on the life of a law enforcement officer” did not correspond to Zinin’s actions: the military commissar is not a law enforcement officer and does not perform the tasks of protecting public order.
Under the article on terrorism, Zinin faces 12 to 20 years in prison. “Formally, this charge is easier - it does not provide for life imprisonment, unlike the previous one,” human rights activists from the Solidarity Zone comment. “However, the fact is that there can be no jury trial on ‘terrorism’, a sentence lower than the lowest cannot be imposed, and a part of the appointed term must necessarily be served in prison. And this is not to mention the mass of smaller infringements on the rights of the convicted as a “terrorist.”