13:14 - Lawyer Nicholas Polozov spoke on the results of the first part of the hearing on the Ahtem Chiygoza case.

12:40 - The trial of Ahtem Chiygoza adjourned until 14:00.

Lawyer Nikolai Polozov reported that hearing on Ahtem Chiygoz case on September 12 will be postponed due to the feast of Kurban Bayram. The next meeting will be held September 15, at 9:30.

10:36 - Next victim is Yuri Petrovsky, the Chairman of the organization "Russian Tauris."

10:29 - According to the victim Nesterov, on the eve of 26.02.2014, the members of "Russian Unity" were informed about the plotted provocations and seizure of the Crimean Verkhovna Rada. The victim Nesterov testified about the provocateurs supporting the "pro-Russian" rally.

10:23 - The victim confirmed that Aksenov was the leader of the "People's Militia", and shortly before the rally on February 26, he called on the "Russian Unity" party members to join "self-defense community" at the meeting.

09:40 - The 13th court hearing on the case of Ahtem Chiygoz has started. The first victim to testify is Denis Nesterov, a member of the "People's Militia" since February 23, 2014.

The 13th hearing on the case of Ahtem Chiygoz, the Mejlis Deputy Chairman, is being held in Simferopol today, September 8. 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 can not attend the hearings on 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 delivers 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 1 of 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.