For a long time we did not dare to tell each other what we really think about it. For us, “long” is about five minutes. We are a harmonious couple: that is, we think and speak synchronously. And this is despite the fact that each of us is a very complex fruit, not too predictable and prone to unexpected actions even for very close people.
In general, having finally met in prison, comparing watches (which, by the way, are not there - it’s not supposed to) and discussing a long-drawn up plan of action, we both decided, exhaled and said in chorus: “For the first time we experienced a tragedy. Now it's a farce."
When Aleksey was imprisoned for the first time, in July 2008, we knew the content of his future sentence a few days after his arrest (“8 years”), but we did not believe him. By January 2009, we knew the details of the future verdict and knew who had already written it. In custom cases, a file called a “draft sentence” is written and brought to the judge on a flash drive by the lawyer of the opposite side. In other cases, the “project” is written by the investigator or the state prosecutor. In criminal cases that are of no interest to anyone, including the defendants themselves (usually recidivists accused of robbery or robbery), the judge condescends before writing the verdict, using an old file with a similar verdict, often forgetting to change names and dates. If a draft sentence is written by a lawyer, he often (especially if it is her) gives it to his colleagues or other clients to look at - as promotional material, as a confirmation of his professional skills. Of course, there are always well-wishers who will make a copy for you.
Alexei received his first sentence in March 2009 (those same 8 years), eight months after his arrest. The trial lasted less than a month, and all the details completely coincided with what we already knew about our case by that time.
Three years later, we still achieved the complete annulment of that verdict and all subsequent decisions. The case returned to the same court, to the judge, who for several years had consistently and successfully carried out Vladimir Slutsker's orders to imprison his partners and contractors. Of course, every meeting we challenged the judge, but it was pointless. Again, we received a copy of the “draft verdict” long before it was announced and immediately published it on Facebook. And again, this did not bother anyone, and again they began to tell us that we exaggerate and greatly exaggerate.