Pictured: Dennis Christensen
Kursk regional court to rule on September 4 whether Dennis Christensen can be set free in exchange for a large fineOryol Region, Kursk Region
On September 4, 2020 at 16:00, the Kursk Regional Court will consider the prosecutor's appeal against the decision of of the Lgov District Court to replace Dennis Christensen with a fine of 400,000 rubles. The case will be considered by the judge Vladimir Olovnikov.
The appealed decision was issued by the Lgov District Court on 23 June 2020. Since Christensen had served significantly more than half of his 6-year sentence, the court, with the support of the prosecutor, decided that his sentence could be commuted. However, two days later, the Kursk prosecutor's office suddenly changed its mind. Prosecutor Shatunov sent an appeal to a higher court, in which he demanded that the decision to commute the sentence be overturned, allegedly "due to the lack of positive activity in labor and public life in the correctional facility. Following this, the believer was subjected to several punishments at once and was sent twice to the punishment cell.
It is noteworthy that during the hearing on June 23 the defense presented to the court expert conclusions confirming the presence of Christensen's diseases that exclude labor at the works in the colony and participation in other types of work. The representative of the colony admitted that they could not provide a believer with a type of work that would not be contraindicated to him for medical reasons. The court attached the documents to the case and, apparently, relied on them to make its decision.