Overview of Julia Tsvetkova’s case, March 9th, 2020
On 16th of March, 2020 the district court of Komsomolsk-na-Amure changed the measure of restraint of Julia Tsvetkova from house arrest to a travel ban. Earlier the criminal case against Julia was passed from interrogation officer to the investigation in light of amendments to Russian Federation’s Code of Criminal Procedure coming into force. The court freed Ms. Tsvetkova from house arrest, while agreeing to the 49th article of Constitution according to which indelible doubts of guilt are interpreted in favour of a defendant. Additionally, the court has backed up its decision by the fact that Ms. Tsvetkova hasn’t been formally charged yet.
The investigation has requested the court to limit Ms. Tsvetkova’s internet access. However, the prosecutor did not support that request and petitioned for the change of measure of restraint.
On February 24th, 2020 an anonymous group sent out electronic messages that contained threats on Julia’s life as well as demands to transfer monetary funds on the specified account in order for Julia’s life to be spared.
The messages mention LGBT-activist Elene Grigorieva that received similar threats earlier and was consequently murdered. Thus, the attorneys of Moscow Community Centre for LGBT+ initiatives believe that there are objective grounds to fear for Julia’s life, as Ms. Tsvetkova has received multiple threats from an anonymous group earlier in 2019.
Upon distribution of threats on Julia Tsvetkova life and extortion, the attorneys have prepared messages for law enforcement.