Russian court classifies case concerning deadly raid on Yekaterinburg man’s home
Russia’s Sverdlovsk Regional Court has classified the criminal case concerning the deadly raid on the home of Yekaterinburg resident Vladimir Taushankov as “top secret.”
Lawyer Alexey Bushmakov, who represents Taushankov’s parents, wrote on Facebook that the court’s decision to close the proceedings to the press and public was attributed to the case containing information constituting state secrets.
“The court created some difficulties for the defense: we hand over all electronics at the entrance to the courtroom; there’s no audio stream; we can only use sheets of paper issued by the judge, which are handed over to her after the end of the hearing and are kept on file afterwards,” the lawyer wrote.
In June 2020, a Yekaterinburg court determined that the SWAT team’s lethal raid on Vladimir Taushankov’s home was illegal. The court ruled that the authorities had violated search-and-seizure codes by failing to present Taushankov with a search warrant.
Following Taushankov’s death, several right-wing political activists promoted the hashtag #RussianLivesMatter, hoping to hijack some of the energy that’s fueled the better-known Black Lives Matter movement.