At the end of August 2012 Smolensk court imposed a new sentence for activist "Other Russia" Taisiya Osipova.For drug trafficking woman received eight years in prison instead of ten.The defense Osipova has made a statement saying that the verdict will be appealed in a higher court.
Mikhail Fedotov, who is the head of the Presidential Council on Human Rights expressed the view that the sentence imposed Taisiya Osipova is a miscarriage of justice.The public prosecutor asked for a four-year Taisiya colony.Her lawyers insisted on the innocence of the woman.
The opposition believes that the arrest Osipova interconnect
ed with the political activities of her husband Sergei Fomchenkova, a member of the executive committee of the "Other Russia".The charge was fabricated, in their opinion, to interfere in the party's registration.
In turn, the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the summer of 2011 it was stated that the political implications this case has not.As a result, the court of Smolensk December 29, 2011 was sentenced Osipova, in defense of which were carried out numerous actions in St. Petersburg and Moscow.She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.The lawyers of the accused appealed against the decision, with the result that 13 March 2012 began a new trial in which the number of episodes incriminated Osipova, reduced from five to three.The court did not respond to calls from lawyers to commute the sentence to the defendant because of her poor health, and the presence of her minor child.
In early 2012, Dmitry Medvedev, who was the then president of the Russian Federation, at a meeting with students of Moscow State University has expressed his opinion about the verdict Osipova.According to him, it became too severe, the President announced his readiness to personally ask the prosecutor to re-look into the matter.According to Medvedev, a ten-year prison sentence handed down by a woman with a small child - unduly severe punishment.He noted that there are cases where drugs specifically throw to knock out the necessary evidence.As the press service of the Russian government, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and now have not changed their attitude to business Osipova, but interfere in the affairs of the court considers unacceptable, hoping that the sentence would be adequate to the offense.