Russia: Detained Activist Transferred to House Arrest | Human Rights Watch

The Federal Security Service FSB, which was in charge of the fraud investigation, also threatened to bring criminal charges against four of Savva’s colleagues. An unidentified person threatened Savva’s wife.Savva is on trial in Krasnodar’s Pervomaiski District Court on two counts of fraud, grounded in allegations that he embezzled 366,000 rubles US$10,500 of government budget funds earmarked as a grant for a program he had led, and that he was paid for teaching a university course that he did not teach.In his opening statement on November 5, Savva told the court that the FSB was using his arrest to falsify a treason case against him. Savva said FSB investigators, in questioning him, made reference to grants he had received over the years from foreign groups and meetings with United States embassy officials and foreign journalists, among other things.

via Russia: Detained Activist Transferred to House Arrest | Human Rights Watch.

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