The Nashi intruders face the music in Lithuania, got sentenced 65 days in detention each

January 15, 2008 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

K. Goloskokov and A. Dugin from NashiThis blog mentioned that the Lithuanian border guards detained two Nashi activists who validated the Lithuanian national border on the December 31, 2007.

On the January 14 the Varėna court pronounced a verdict of guilty to two Nashi activists, Konstantin Goloskokov and Anton Dugin.

As the BNS informed the two Russian citizens were imposed administrative arrest of 35 days each. The court also confiscated the belongings found with them during a search including mobile telephones, navigation equipment, a compass and night-vision devices.

State prosecutor Audrius Matulionis suggested to the BNS that the suspects should be sentenced to 60 days in prison each.  “What is important is that they were found guilty,” Matulionis said.

The time Goloskokov and Dugin have spent in custody after Dec. 31 will be included in the arrest period imposed by the court, this way, the suspects have served almost a half of their sentence.

The BNS maintains that the Nashi activists claimed they were free-lance correspondents and had the task of preparing a story on the guarding of the Lithuanian border.

However, the Lithuanian laws prohibit filming and photographing in the border guard territory and border sections. Foreign journalists applying for photography and information collection permits to Lithuanian border guards are required to have accreditation of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.

In addition one of the activists was carrying with himself cash worth of 24K LTL or almost 7K Euro.  Those money will also be confiscated.

Lithuanian authorities believe that the two men wanted to proceed to the Estonian capital Tallinn, where they were to participate in a ceremony at the so-called bronze soldier, a monument to Soviet soldiers.


Entry filed under: Baltic States, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Northern Europe, Politics, Russia, Totalitarian regimes.

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