12.07 p.m.  – The hearing of Ahtem Chiygoz’s case has been completed. Next session is to be held tomorrow, September 8, at 9.30 a.m.

10.21 a.m. - Next victim is Dovganchuk Konstantin, inspector of the "people's militia."

10.19 a.m. - Prosecutor Supryaga asks to postpone the questioning of victim Voltchkov.

10.10 a.m. - Prosecutor Supryaga offered the stuttering victim to write answers to the questions. After that she asked for a 10 minutes break to determine her position.

10.01 a.m. - The judges deliberated for 5 minutes and denied the prosecutor in the disclosure of the victim's testimony. Interrogation is ongoing.

9.47 a.m.  - Ahtem Chiygoz said about the impossibility of questioning the victim Voltchkov due to his speech defects. Then the prosecutor Supryaga said about disclosure of the testimony of the victim, but according to the judicial process, the announcement of the testimony given by the victim earlier is impossible in his presence.

9.45 a.m. - The first victim Voltchkov Konstantin Sergeyevich is a member of the "people's militia". According to lawyer Nicolai Polozov, the interrogation is  difficult, as a young man stutters.

9. 40 a.m - New prosecutor Supryaga presented her superiors’ order for admission to the process, dated of yesterday.

9.33 a.m.  – The trial of Ahtem Chiygoz has started.

The hearing of the case of Ahtem Chiygoz, the Mejlis Deputy Chairman, is being held in Simferopol today, September 7. He is charged with organizing an unsanctioned rally outside the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea on February 26, 2014.

As QHA reported earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Ahtem Chiygoz is not present at the hearings in his case due to the discriminatory rules on the defendant’s remote participation in the first instance trials. This is the first time Russia has applied such judicial practice.

According to the lawyer Nicolai Polozov, the government thereby wants to test the use of new law provisions. For example, the ability to disable the broadcast if the defendant begins delivering speeches the judges do not like (previously Chiygoz had a number of bright performances during the process).

The Crimean "authorities" decided to consider the case of the Deputy Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Ahtem Chiygoz separate from the so-called "February, 26 case."

Chiygoz has been kept in the Simferopol detention center since the end of January 2015. He is charged with Part 1of Article 212 of the Russian Criminal Code (‘organizing mass disorder’), which is punishable by a 10-year jail term.

Six persons are charged with involvement in mass riots during a rally held outside the Crimean Supreme Council on February 26, 2014. Three of them, Ahtem Chiygoz, Mustafa Degermenzhi and Ali Asanov, are being held in Simferopol’s pre-trial detention center No.1, while the other three, Eskender Kantemirov, Arsen Yunusov and Eskender Emirvaliyev, have been released on bail and are awaiting trial.