MOSCOW, November 9 (Itar-Tass) — The Moscow city court has decided to hold an open trial of retired GRU colonel Vladimir Kvachkov charged with planning to organize an armed uprising, his attorney Oksana Mikhalkina told Itar-Tass.
The trail will be open. Only classified materials will be studied behind closed doors, she said.
When asked by the judge whether he admitted his guilt, Kvachkov refused to answer, Mikhalkina said.
Two witnesses will be questioned behind closed doors in the court on Friday, she added.
Retired military intelligence (GRU) officer Kvachkov and other defendant Alexander Kiselyov are charged with attempting to organize an armed rebellion and recruiting or involving persons in terrorism activities. Kiselyov is also charged with illegal possession of arms and explosives.
Kvachkov pleads not guilty and describes the accusations as concocted.
The retired colonel was arrested on the basis of testimony given by a regional leader of his organization People's Militia. As Kvachkov explained, the leader of the Togliatti branch of the organization was arrested in the summer of 2010, and after ten days of arrest, he made confessions that became the basis for the charges against the colonel.
Earlier, in Yekaterinburg, other persons were convicted over the case.
Kvachkov was the main defendant over the attempt on former RAO UES company head Anatoly Chubais. On the grounds of the jury's verdict, the retired officer and the other defendants were acquitted. Kvachkov, after his appeal, got 450,000-rouble compensation from the state for the wrongful prosecution.