Some months ago, a court in the Krasnodar Territory found pacifist Igor Suvorov guilty of evading military service. During the court hearing, Judge Yuri Ermakov scolded the appearance of the defendant, praised the power of the Russian army, which is capable of "hump whole world brains", called the lawyer "jerk" and, finally, conducted a heart-to-heart talk with the young man and his representative. "Mediazona" publishes selected fragments of this outstanding process, conducted by lawyers of "Soldiers' Mothers of St. Petersburg" and "Citizen and Army".

Suvorov got a summon for a medical examination, which should have happend on April 4, 2017. The young man came to the conscription office, but did not pass the medical examination: according to him, the dermatologist demanded that he undress directly in the corridor, and the therapist did not give him referrals for tests. The Pacifist appealed against the actions of doctors in the prosecutor's office, and for several months while he lived and worked in Krasnodar, the military commissariat did not remind about itself. Only in August Suvorov got two summons for the draft commission and a medical examination on October 25, but it was written that he was summoned to the conscription office "for activities related to military draft". This formulation embarrassed the young man.

According to the lawyer of the initiative "Citizen and Army" Arseny Levinson, representing the interests of Suvorov, the young man came to the medical commission at that day, but again did not pass it because he was not given a referral to the tests. At the meeting of the draft commission, the young man did not appear: the pacifist again left the conscription office, and by the end of the year he learned that a criminal case had been opened against him under part 1 of Article 328 of the Criminal Code (evasion of draft for military service in the absence of legal grounds).

When acquainted with the case materials before the court, the defense learned that in the summer of 2017 the military commissar singly revoked the decision of the conscription commission - a formally independent body of the conscription office - to replace military service with an alternative civil one. Levinson insists: the decision would have been taken illegally, and Suvorov could have appealed it in time if he knew about it.

«Mediazona» publishes selected fragments from the transcript of the hearing, which was held on April 24 in the Gulkevichsky District Court of the Krasnodar Territory. When Judge Yuri Ermakov found Igor Suvorov guilty of evading the military service.

Characters in the play

The judge — Yuri Ermakov.
The defendant  — Igor Suvorov.
The representative of the defendant  — a lawyer Arseny Levinson.
The court — appointed lawyer Natalia Volivach.
The prosecutor  — Anton Kostenko.
Witness —  Alexander Suvorov, the father of the defendant.
The lawyer of the conscription office —  came to court as the audience.

Act I. Introduction.

Judge. Defendant Suvorov, your criminal case will be presided over by a the federal judge Ermakov, under secretary Volikov, with the participation of the prosecutor Kostenko and lawyer Volivach. A representative of the conscription office takes part in the case. In what capacity are you here?


Lawyer of the conscription office. Just like an audience. We have witnesses who are behind … But I asked, if I can attend?


Judge. Where are your witnesses?


Lawyer of the conscription office. Here, behund the door.


Judge. Clear. In short, you are not taking part in the trial.


Lawyer of the conscription office. I’m not taking part.


Judge. Just came to gawk? And you do not want to say anything? Who do you represent? What do you represent? Yourself?


Lawyer of the conscription office. I represent no one...


Judge. So, do not introduce yourself. Stop! I talk, and you keep your mouth shut! Do you understand? This is not conscription office for you here! Here I talk and you are silent and answer my questions, nothing redundant. Who do you represent? Yourself?


Lawyer of the conscription office. Yes.


Judge. Than do not say that you are a representative of the conscription office.


The prosecutor reads the theory of the indictment.


Judge. (turns to the defendant). Tell me, please, do you not deny the fact that you did not appear at the medical examination on October 25 at nine o'clock and at two o'clock - at the conscription office for the draft commission meeting?


Defendant. I do not deny.


Judge. You did not appear?


Defendant. I did not appear.


Judge. Because, the draft commission decided to give you a right to pass an alternative service.


Defendant. That’s right.


Judge. So. Tell me, please, does an alternative service intend a summon to conscription office?


Defendant. It intend. But then the content of the summon should be "a call to the event connected with an alternative civil service."


Judge. And what do you have in the summon?


Defendant. "For military service."


Judge. Can you show the materials of the case, defense?


Court-appointed lawyer. I'm a court-appointed lawyer.


Judge. What does it matter? Ah, that’s interesting! You have not been paid a fee, you have come for free. Does this mean you should not know a case?


Court-appointed lawyer. I did not even participate in process before.


Judge. And I do not know where you participated, where not.


Representative of the defendant. Your Honor, Case Sheet 16.




Judge. You were notified, and you do not deny it?


Defendant. Yes, I do not deny.


Judge (draws attention to the sportswear of the defendant). Why did you come like this, mister? Now, if you came like this in Krasnodar - you would be kicked out, you would not be letting in by the court marshals. If you came like this in another country, you would have been given half a year of prison for that. In sneakers, in sport trousers. What is that? In the U-shirt. This should be written in the protocol. I understand that you do not respect the army, it's your right, and why you do not respect Russian justice? Why did you come so?


Defendant. I respect justice.


Judge. And why are you dressed in a jogging suit? Sit down. Tell me please. Here is the summon. What is written on the summon? "In connection with the call for military service", and there are no other type of summons in conscription office.


Defendant. There are.


Judge. No. Where there is? Show…


Defendant. There is an established order number 400, in the annex ...


Judge. Who cares about the order? I ask, you were recruted to an alternative service - this is also a service. Right? This is a military alternative service. I understand correctly? Arseny Lvovich, you are an expert, do I understand correctly?


Representative of the defendant. No, it's not military service, it's civil service.


Judge. Civil alternative service. Wait a second, who draft to this service? Who drafts?

Representative of the defendant. The draft commission makes a decision on the direction.


Judge. One moment, I asked you - who drafts for alternative service? Conscription office?


Defendant. Yes.


Judge. Conscription office. To the military service and the alternative service drafts the same body - conscription office?


Defendant. Yes.


Judge. They gave you a summon. How do you know that this is military service, and not an alternative service?


Defendant. The summon says «military service».


Judge. Okay. What is the summon? The summon is a notice that you must appear. And according to the law on military service, non-appearance is a crime. You did not appear. You say, "I did not show up, because this and that was written here". And what prevented you to come to the conscription office and say: "Guys, I'm an alternative serviceman and do not want to serve military"? Now no one is forcing anyone to serve, you understand? We have an army powerful enough today to hump whole world brains. Do you understand? And no one force anyone to serve. We do not have this hazing. Or whatever it is in the Russian army. No one twisted your arms or put a bag over your head - you just had to come to the conscription office, that's all. What is the problem?


Defendant. Because I thereby defended my right to pass an alternative service.


Judge. No, it was not a defense of your right. You did a pose, you just did a pose. Wait, listen to me! Do not interrupt. You just stupidly did a pose: "I will not go, because the summon is wrong". What's this? Do you understand?



Judge. There is a definition of service. You can take any dictionary, "Wikipedia" for example or an glossary, or on the Internet, where it will be said that the service is a restriction of rights and freedoms ... It is a service, it's privations. And what is the alternative service? You are doing some, let’s say, not quite prestigious work.


Defendant. No.


Judge. But what are you doing?


Defendant. Everyone has different understanding of prestige. For me, let’s say, helping people with disabilities is a prestige.


Judge. Well, let's say, it's not white collar work, sitting somewhere up there. And so you are doing some work. And it doesn’t matter if you want or not to carry out this work, you have to do it as duty, because you have a duty towards state. You do not want to serve a year, you will serve one and a half years in an alternative service.



Prosecutor. Why did you leave the conscription office?


Defendant. Because I could not, in principle, complete the medical examination, since the workers of the conscription office did not give me a referral for compulsory medical tests. That means, that the doctor-therapist can not make a conclusion about fitness to service, plus dermatologist Okhrimenko refused to examine me, because I did not undress in the corridor. I do not have to undress in the corridor. This summon was appealed in the regional military prosecutor's office  and in the Prosecutor's Office of the Southern Military District.


Judge. We don’t need to involved in the maze, who undressed where, who dressed up where - it is irrelevant.


Judge. You began to evade alternative service, and what is the evation? Do you understand, you are a competent person, modern and so on, but you are dealing with military people. People who have instructions - orders. They do not improvise. They are military men. You did not show up – take your responsibility. You did not come this time - must come then. That’s it. Do you understand? You are improvising here. You were undressed wrong, you were unshoe wrong. Do you understand? This is an army. There people dress up quickly, 45 seconds: undressed-dressed. Don’t you know it?


Defendant. Your honor, failure to pass a medical examination results in an administrative offense and a fine from 100 to 500 rubles. And the conscription office I was not given information that I did not pass the medical examination.


Judge. Now listen to me. What is a charge version? If it was the failure to pass the examination as such. Than you just did not pass and that's it. But you ignored the summon about your call for medical examination. The summon. That's the problem. Here is the not passing of two doctors on April 3. They have already started an administrative, let's say, procedure on this. A note has gone, a resolution has gone. Do you understand? He evade alternative service - it means he is drafted to the military one. And so on. The most interesting thing is that a year in the army to serve, it's very fast, you know. There is no hazing, they are well fed. Do not want to take a weapon - do not take it. You in the army will be told: "You do not want to serve, so go to do something over there". There they created an alternative service. You are got this is all from? Where did you get this fluff from?


Defendant. These are beliefs, which are in contradiction with the performance of military service, these are my pacifist views. Even if the army will have gold tables and a buffet ...


Judge. It's not in my competence - to arrange a debate with you here. Napoleon has such a phrase that dominates in all the armies of the world: "Who doesn't wish to feed its own army will have to feed someone else's". If you do not know how to defend yourself, then, know that tomorrow you will shovel someone’s shit. For Americans, for NATO, for China, for others, for the third, you see? Then you already will not be such a right-sider, like in the conscription office.



Judge. There is fact that prove your guiltiness. On April 3, you did not pass two doctors. In relation to you, the administrative persecution took place. On 25 [October] you, having a summons on your hands, ignored it. So you evaded alternative service too, because you did not pass the doctors. You need to have a fitness category there, what are you waving? Your waftures, how can we record it in the protocol?


Defendant. No, I didn’t evade.


Judge. Well then, you had to pass two doctors, if you did not evade.


Defendant. I told you that it was impossible due to the absence of mandatory tests.


Judge. Enough! Listen to me. They offended you, they undress you in wrong place, they unshoe you in wrong place, they gave you wrong summon, you see? Maybe they needed to sent you an equipage to your Highness to serve in the army. Or what? You bite off more than one can chew, don’t you? Don’t you want too much?


Act II. Interrogation of the defendant’s father, the debate

Judge. Father. Alexander Viktorovich, I told him already, it seems that he takes after his father. You came in some kind of sports suit, sneakers.


Witness. It's comfortable for me.


Judge. And I'm uncomfortable – you came to court.


Representative of the defendant. Your Honor, you are without a gown. I would like to comment on the actions of the presiding judge and to reflect in the record that the judge ...


Judge. All right, I shall now suspend for 10 minutes. There will be a gown for you. Everybody out!


A few minutes later, the judge came back in a gown.


Judge. Are you satisfied now? Are you satisfied with the gown?


Representative of the defendant. Your Honor, there are no more remarks.


Judge. And what kind of remarks can you have? So, stand up. Once again you talk with me so, from here you will go for 15 days of arrest, understand? Sit down. Stand up-sit down-said, that’s it. Here he starts with his remarks, jerk. Take away the phone! I said, take away the phone! Should I call the bailiffs, or what? The phone should be taken away from here. I forbid you to record.


Representative of the defendant. The Criminal Procedure Code allows audio recording without the permission of the presiding ...


Judge. I'm telling you again, ask me for permission, ask here. Do not tell me about the Сode. Do not interrupt when I talk. It’s first. Second, if you want to record, then officially request that you ask to make a record. Come on, I'm listening you.


Representative of the defendant. Your honor, we do not perform video recording.

Judge. Audio recording!


Representative of the defendant. Audio recording is conducted without the permission of the residing judge due to the Criminal Procedure Code.


Judge. If you do not submit petition right now, that I should allow you a recording, I'll kick you out together with your phone. And then complain where you want. You must ask me for permission, and you will do it.


Representative of the defendant. No, I can just inform that I'm recording.


Judge. Do you record?


Representative of the defendant. Yes.


Judge. That’s it, it’s in the protocol. I'm letting you to record. You can get your laptop, but you do not need to be rude here, okay? Stand up! And do not interrupt me. Do you understand? Stand up.


The representative of the defendant. Sorry, I'm not rude.


Judge. I tell you again, you are not in the conscription office, the conversation here is short. Here is the trial. It is regulated by The Code of Criminal Procedure. When the presiding judge speaks, everyone is silent, including you. Do not think that you are the most competent here. You did not come here to figure out who is smarter, but to protect him. And you antagonize me against him on purpose, who will call you smart after that? Why are you shaking your head like a bullock? You need to behave respectfully in court, and not be rude here. Sit down at your place. So, your surname, name, patronymic.


Witness. Suvorov Alexander Viktorovich.


Judge. Alexander Viktorovich, why did you come like that? Do I have give you a fine or ten days of arrest for my anger?


Witness. For what?


Judge. Because you do not respect the court.  You came in such a dress. Where is tie, shirt?


Witness. Finances do not allow.


Judge. Finances do not allow. What can you tell about the case?


Witness. I heard it all.


Judge. What did you hear?


Witness. I do not trust in the Russian justice system. I refuse…


Judge. Just a second. Do you refuse to testify as a witness?


Witness. Yes.


Judge. And I can prosecute you. Do you understand?


Witness. Clear.


Judge. You have nothing ... Yes, you have nothing! You also educated your son this way, you do not believe anyone, everything is bad around you, only you are good. And what have I done to you? I'm interrogating you as a witness. You are the father of your son. I am explaining to you article 51 of the Constitution. You can not testify to the detriment of the defendant, based on the Article 51 of the Constitution. "I do not believe, I do not want to" - you leave this on the street. Here you are in court, in the courtroom. There is a trial on a specific criminal case. Do you want to talk?


Witness. No.


Judge. Why?


Witness. I don`t want.


Judge. What does it mean – you don`t want?


Witness. I exercise my right.


Judge. It's not a right. To give evidence is your responsibility. Do you know anything about evading of your son from conscription?

Witness. As far as I know, he was always appearing upon summons.


Judge. We want to understand, can you get it? You're getting the spike here, and we want to figure out whether it's his fault or not. There is no hatred for him, there is no need in it. So, one objector or less, no matter. Clear? There is no difference for Army of Russia, with your conscript or without What do you do for a living?


Witness. I am a sportsman.


Judge. What kind of sport?


Witness. Football.


Judge. So, where did you get this hatred of your country?


Witness. I have no hatred. I am a patriot of my country.


Judge. Listen to me here, you, patriot of your country. "I do not trust the conscription office, I do not trust this, I do not trust the prosecutor, I do not trust the court" - are there all the scum around you, or what?


Witness. I have the right to my opinion. That’s how I see it!


Judge. What do you see now? Right now. I made a remark to you that you came in a sporty uniform. It's indecent, you're not going somewhere like in a theater or in a cinema in this uniform, aren’t you.


Witness. I do not have a suit, I do have no money to go there and no money for a suit.


Judge. Well, I understand you. No suit - then there is no suit. Are you a biological father of your son?


Witness. Yes.


Judge. You brought him up all his life, right?


Witness. Not all life, part of life.


Judge. What can you say us about his personality? Who is he, what kind of person is he?


Witness. A good person, an ordinary guy.


Judge. What is a good person? Aggressive? Socially dangerous? Does he have any criminal tendencies? You're a father, I see him a second time, but you lived with him all his life. Tell me about your son. Or you don’t want to tell?


Witness. A very good person. He was engaged in social issues - in the improvement of the city, for example, volunteer organizations of all kinds.


Judge. Prosecutor, do you have any questions?


Prosecutor. No, your honor.


Judge. You do not trust the prosecutor, either?


Witness. Why?


Judge. Well, you said: "I don’t trust anyone."


Witness. I don’t know the prosecutor, I didn’t communicate with him.


Judge. Do you know me?


Witness. No, I do not know.


Judge. And why don’t you trust me?


Witness. I did not say that I do not trust you.


Judge. And to whom you don’t trust here?


Witness. You ask a question - I answer it.


Judge. The justice system is wrong for you. You don’t know any other systems of justice, do you understand? If you would have come like this in America, you would have been imprisoned. So that's what will judge do, bang the hammer and you went away. Two hulks would come out, seized you by the scruff of the neck and brought you into the jail. And I'm explaining myself to you, here it is the justice system. Everybody get to be so wise.



Judge. You must, well... service in the army equate in importance to entering a university. You served in the army?


Witness. Yes.


Judge. In what army did you serve?


Witness. In the Russian.


Judge. In the Russian army. In which troops did you serve?


Witness. Signal Corps.


Judge. Where did they serve?


Witness. Komsomolsk-on-Amur, the Far East.


Judge. How many years have you served?


Witness. One and half year.


Judge. You see, and I served three years. On the Black Sea Fleet. Of which, 2.5 years we were at sea, just in the ocean. Many were injured. But I do not have anything negative to him or to you. Just there is a certain historical epoch. So I'll tell you just to widen your horizons. I was considering the first case, I did not consider it. Then another judge examined it, who is no longer alive, it was Sklyarova. They considered it at the ambulatory court, it was in a House of Culture. So the crowd was trying to break in and the whole department kept them, then the evasion of the army was considered the gravest sin. If the crowd broke through, they would have torn him down. And he was just a Baptist, means: "I do not take arms because my conscience does not allow me". Well, he got three years of prison, it was up to three years - everyone got three years. Today the situation is different. We have another army, we have another country. We do not have a mono-ideology. We have a contract army. If you want to serve, sign a contract, go to serve. If you do not want to serve, do not sign a contract. If you are drafted to the service, before you served year and a half so far, now - one. And now people are not send far. An alternative service, please. There is no revenge or hatred, there is nothing here. I'm trying to figure out the situation. You begin to be rude. The conscript begins to be rude. Why you act so? For what? To aggravate his situation or figure out and help? What would you like?


Witness. I don’t know.


Judge. I do not know anything - but you must know! It's your kid.


Witness. As far as I know, he did not evade.


Judge. And the case materials say the opposite.


Witness. Well, I'm not an employee of the conscription office to know this all. Personally, they did not invite me, they did not inform me.


Judge. You know what, you must also be an employee of the conscription office. It’s your son. I do not want to educate you. I have two sons. They didn’t serve in the army, because they studied, do you understand? But they passed this school by default, I, of course, regret that they didn’t serve. And if you are a father, let’s say, you are interested in his fate, you should have realized that evasion  from service is a punishable offense. That's it. If you trust the Russian justice system or not ... Who put this crap in your head, that the Russian justice system is so much worse than any other?


Witness. This is my personal opinion.


Judge. How is this opinion formed?


Witness. That’s how I see it!


Judge. What do you see? Are you repressed unlawfully or what? Have you been illegally imprisoned? Or did the state offend you? On what is your hate based?


Witness. It's not hate, it's my opinion. I have my opinion.


Judge. So you can live with your opinion.


The judge announces the beginning of the judicial debate, they begin with the petition of the lawyer Arseny Levinson.



Representative of the defendant. Your honor, in connection with the appearance of the impartiality of the court, preconception, insult of the defense party, disrespect to the parties of the trial, which we believe indicate the bias of the presiding judge in the outcome of the case on the basis of Article 64 of the CPC RF, we make a petition on the declination of the presiding judge.


Judge. Give your petition here. Come on, where is the second one? Give it here, it will not disappear anywhere, do not worry. In connection with the manifestation of the impartiality of the court, bias. And who insulted you, why are you lying here, eh? Who insulted you? Come on, stand up, mister, who insulted you?


Representative of the defendant. I, I suppose ...


Judge (mimicking). Bla-bla… suppose. Suppose it. I did not insult you, I did not treat the parties in the process disrespectfully. What was disrespectful, what?


Representative of the defendant. If you give us time for preparation, then we will in more details...


Judge. No, I will not give you time. You have made a petition, sit down.


The judge rejects the petition for his own declination. Further in the debates, the prosecutor requests that the defendant be found guilty and ask for a fine of 40,000 rubles, the defense insists that the accused must be acquitted.


Act III. Judgment and privat conversation

The judge returns from the advisory room and reads the operative part of the judgment. He pronounces a few words unintelligible, and then says: "In accordance with Article 328, a fine - 20 thousand rubles". It took exactly eight seconds to read the judgment.


Representative of the defendant. Sorry, pronounce the judgment, please.


Judge. I will pronounce, come here. All the rest can be free. Close the door.


In the courtroom are the judge, the representative of the defendant and the defendant.



Judge (to the representative of the defendant). So, what are you writing? What are you writing, look, the judgment is in general... Close the door. I say again, listen to me. Will I listen to you or will you listen to me? Are you interested in listening to me or is it more interesting for me to listen to you? People like you come to me every day, so what is the question. You will get a judgment in five days, a fully made judgment. Protocol and so on. We also need to type it, have you ever been in the court hearing?


Representative of the defendant. Yes, and I know the Criminal Procedure Code: the judgment should be pronounced fully.


Judge. I don’t need what you know! What is fully?


Representative of the defendant. The the judgment should be fully pronounced.


Judge. I pronounced you, I pronounced you this ...


Representative of the defendant. No, not the operative part.


Judge. Listen, here's the judgment. The full text of the judgment you will receive in five days.


Representative of the defendant. So, now there will be a complaint to the chairman of the court and to the qualification commission. We want a pronounce of the judgment completely. With all the evidence, we believe he's innocent, honestly.


Judge. Listen to me, please. You start here with this... qualification, and so on. In five days you will receive it. The order of appeal you know. Not guilty - not guilty, the question is different. You have your own position, we have our own position. So, look, this is the most important, you will get a judgment and order... have you ever participated in court before?


Representative of the defendant. Yes, I participated and under Article 328 of the Criminal Code participated, and we had acquittals on it, and the judges can make an acquittal on it.


Judge. In what, tell me, in what to justify? ..


Representative of the defendant. I can show you, if interested, right now.


Judge. No, don’t, don’t show me.




Judge. The point is the non-appearance, and it's exactly the non-appearance - he did not appear upon summons – that’s it. It's one thing when you  just did not come somewhere, something, and there he did not appear upon summons, that's it. Now, and for the future, I want to tell you, Arseny Lvovich, you should never, if your opinions differ from people who ... How old are you?


Representative of the defendant. 27.

Judge. 27, and how do you think, how old am I?

Representative of the defendant. Let me guess.

Judge. Well, approximately, try.


Representative of the defendant. Maybe 60.

Judge. 62. C’mon. With people who lived twice longer than you, you do not have to spar.

Representative of the defendant. We aren’t...

Judge. "We are not, we will go there, we will go here, we will go there" …



Judge. Well write a complain in the judicial panel that we have not pronounced a judgment to you, and this, and that, what will it give you? And I'll write that I pronounced the judgment.




Representative of the defendant. They immediately criminate him, but why? Because they negatively relate to a citizen who refuses military service.


Judge. Can you understand, I respect your opinion, yes, but I have my own opinion. But since I make a decision, I expressed my opinion in the judgment.


Representative of the defendant. In fast, you have stated your opinion before the judgment.


Judge. So tell me where?


Representative of the defendant.  Before the judgment?


Judge. For example, yes, tell me, where? Well, as you think, directly, where I could state my decision. Can we be first-name basis now?


Representative of the defendant. Yes, we can, we are in non-trial communication now.


Judge. Yes, non-trial. Where did I not pronounce this judgment? Where?


Representative of the defendant. On the questions to the witnesses, which I asked, you were answering.


Judge. No, you ask questions that are outside their competences.



Judge. Well, fine is, as a rule, minimal. I don’t want it in my years, you know? Here is this article, it's so half-dead, "half". I just do not know what they're going to tell you now.


Representative of the defendant. They will begin to refuse him and send to the military service, he will fight for an alternative. It's not just that we do not want to pay a fine.


Judge. So, look. We are civilized people. Yes, we can work it out, yes, let's do it so. You will receive a judgment, you will appeal against it. If he has any kind of messing, well, with these morons in the conscription office, can you listen to me. Than you come to me directly and ask for any complaint. Complaints from your side, not from ours. We will make this case in a clear manner, they will not have any maneuver for the criminate him, you know? But here, what he came and said. Here is his note was evading there, evading there, evading here, evading there, evading here.


Defendant. There is no evidence that I was evading. They say that they brought me summons, did at least someone came? I'm at home, I'm at work. The place of work is known.


Representative of the defendant. We will have procedural troubles because of this judgment.


Judge. You know, the judgment. No questions. Write an appeal.


Representative of the defendant. But I'm just saying, because there is a bias and impartiality of the court.


Judge. For God's sake. It’s not an issue.




Judge. Such cases are not fatal.


Representative of the defendant. A person has a criminal record now for life, basically. Now he will have a notice of conviction now for whole life, a stigma for life.


Judge. You are dealing with it, but you do not know.


Representative of the defendant. How? I know - a notice of conviction ...


Judge. Minor crime - the conviction is eradicated within one year.


Representative of the defendant. After the performance of the sentence, but in the notice of conviction under a new order, all previous criminal records are now indicated. He has a stigma for life.


Judge. Expired criminal record.


Representative of the defendant. indicated in the notice of conviction.


Judge. One thing I know for sure is that after a year has passed – that’s it.


Representative of the defendant. In the Soviet Union, it was after a year – that’s it.


Judge. Both in the Soviet Union and in the Russian Federation.


Representative of the defendant. And in the Russian Federation - a stigma for life. In any place where he goes to work, and there will be required a notice of conviction, he will have there that he had previous criminal record. Even the Criminal Code was changed. Previously, all the consequences related to previous convictions ceased, and now we have all the consequences [set in] by this code.


Judge. Who said?


Representative of the defendant. The Criminal Code.


Judge. Well, find it to me, find it, I will read it.



Judge. So, look. Today we have what date? 24. Means, look. The 29th is what day? Anyway, there is a phone - call. She will prepare, we will read it, number it. She will print it, you receive it, the judgment is short, there is nothing special.


Representative of the defendant. But we will now begin to receive it.


Judge.  What you mean?


Representative of the defendant. Procedurally process that we have not heard it.


Judge. What do you mean, you did not hear? I pronounced it to you, the judgment.


Representative of the defendant. This is not a judgment, it's punishment.


Judge. I got it. In short, in short, you guys are unsavoury.


Representative of the defendant. No, your honor.


Judge. You are unsavoury dudes. It is a fact.


Representative of the defendant. No, your honor. We want it to be under the law ...


Judge. Okay. You say under the law - under the law. Good. You want it to be under the law – it will be under the law for you. There are no questions anymore, that’s it, goodbye. I treated you like humans, and you like ... well, all right, I understood everything. Everything will be under the law.


After the hearing, the defense filed an appeal, to which attached quotes of judge from transcription of the hearing. A month later, on May 30, the first quotes from the trial appeared in the Media and on the same day Olga Khayrutdinova, Acting Chairman of the Gulkevichsky District Court, reported that Judge Yuri Ermakov tendered his resignation. The reason for the dismissal was not specified, in YouTube it's easy to find more records of Judge Ermakov's conversations. On June 19, the Krasnodar Regional Court upheld the lower court decision in the case of Igor Suvorov.


The text of the court play was prepared by Dima Shvets.




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