We publish the response from Microsoft Corporation to the appeal of Lyudmila Alexeyeva, the head of Moscow Helsinki Group, that was supported by well-known human rights defenders, lawyers and public figures.
On April 15 “Transparency international – Russia” and Human Rights Center “Memorial” received an official reply from Corporation “Microsoft-Russia” to their common appeal, where NGOs expressed their concern about involvement of the company in non-transparent schemes and in notorious criminal cases against civil activists and human rights defenders. Although the appeal was sent to the headquarters in the USA, the reply came form the legal affairs department of Microsoft-Russia.
We are often asked about the role of Miscrosoft Corporation in this criminal case. If it does take part in this case, then how and on what grounds? In this short text we would like to answer these questions and provide readers with documents, produced at investigation and pre-hearings.
Public prosecutor has withdrawn the case from court, acknowledging serious discrepancies. Investigation got tangled in dates, streets, experts and did not even verify real beholders and users of the seized computers and the laptop.
On March 29, 2010 the third pre-hearing in Anastasia Denisova's case took place in Leninsky district court of Krasnodar.
On March 24, 2010 at the second pre-hearing the senior assistant of the district prosecutor Zhanna Karpenko was supposed to present an answer to the defence motion. During the first pre-hearing the defence councel asked for the elimination of criminal charges because of the absence of the document, which annuls an order to dismiss criminal complaint. All of a sudden, it turned out at the pre-hearing that such a document had showed up in the criminal case.
On March 22, 2010 a pre-hearing on Anastasia Denisova's case (the head of NGO “ETHnICS”, member of the Coordinating Council of YHRM, an employee of HRC “Memorial” and Green Alternative activist) took place in Leninskyi regional court of Krasnodar.
The formal pre-hearing in the trial of human rights defender Ms Anastasia Denisova will take place on 22 March 2010 at 10 am. Anastasia Denisova has been charged with the “illegal use of non-licensed software by a person in an official position” and the “creation of computer malware”. If found guilty of these charges, she could face up to nine years in prison and a fine of up to 700,000 Rubles (approximately 17,400 Euro).