The Soviet District Court of Vladivostok found Communist Party deputy Artyom Samsonov guilty in the case of sexual acts against a minor and sentenced him to 13 years in a strict regime colony, the press service of the regional Investigative Committee reports. According to investigators, a deputy on vacation in 2018 showed a dildo to an 11-year-old child. For his part, Samsonov considers the accusation to be slander and the case fabricated.
The Soviet District Court of Vladivostok sentenced Artyom Samsonov, deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Primorsky Territory from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, to 13 years in a strict regime colony. He was found guilty under paragraph “b” part 4 of Art. 132 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (other acts of a sexual nature using the helpless state of the victim, committed against a person under the age of 14). This was reported by the press service of the regional Investigative Committee.
“The investigation and the court established that on one of the days in the period from June 1 to July 31, 2018, the defendant during a beach holiday, being on the territory of a recreation center in the area of Lazurnaya Street in the city of Vladivostok, while communicating with the 11-year-old son of his friend showed him an object of an intimate nature and brought him information about its purpose, the press service said in a statement. “The court found him guilty and sentenced him to 13 years in prison to be served in a strict regime correctional colony.”
Debauchery in the presence of children
According to investigators, during a vacation in 2018 on the Shamora beach, Samsonov talked with the 11-year-old son of his friend, showed him a dildo and “brought him information about its purpose.”
Samsonov was detained only on November 17, 2021. Law enforcement officers searched his apartment in order to find the object that Samsonov showed to the child.
According to local media, the deputy was detained at the request of his acquaintance, Nikolai K. Also, a certain Irina S., who was present on the beach at the time of rest in 2018, appears in the case. In the statement of Artyom Samsonov, which was cited in his Telegram channel, these are members of the same family: Nikolai is the father of the victim, Irina is Nikolai’s cohabitant, who has an adult son.
Irina, according to media reports, had previously written a complaint against Samsonov addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and Communist Party Chairman Gennady Zyuganov. In it, Irina said that the deputy agitated for her and her family to join the “Navalny movement”, and when the woman refused, Samsonov, according to her, began to take revenge.
“According to the applicant, the deputy, knowing that she often spends time in a mobile tent camp on the coast of Lazurnaya Bay, came there with friends and staged drunken brawls and pogroms, including in the presence of children,” local media quoted Irina as saying. – Showing genitals, being naked in the presence of children, he and his naked buddies come to the summer building, swearing and rowdy. We had fun on the territory of the public beach in a completely naked form. To persuasion and remarks, he replied that he was promoting European values of freedom. I put on swimming trunks only when the police officers arrived.”
“There is iron evidence”
On November 19, 2021, the Frunzensky Court of Vladivostok chose Samsonov’s preventive measure in the form of detention. After the arraignment on December 2, Samsonov suspected Nikolai and Irina of perjury. His lawyers filed a corresponding application with the Investigative Committee.
During the investigation, the defendant himself insisted on his innocence and claimed that he saw the boy for the first time only at a confrontation. In addition, Samsonov said that in July 2018 he did not come to the recreation center.
“We collected evidence for every day in July. There is hard evidence. For example, on July 6, Artyom met a delegation from the city of Toyama. From July 8 to July 17, he was treated in a hospital …, he did not violate the regime. And on July 27, he flew with a delegation to North Korea. From July 2 to 5, there were heavy rains, this was confirmed by Primgidromet, no one went to the sea with children. On the rest of the days, there are witnesses who claim that they did not see Nikolai K. and his son in July,” his lawyer told local media.
On March 4, 2022, Samsonov’s case was taken to court. During the court hearings, the deputy went on a hunger strike. On September 12, 2022, the prosecutor spoke in a debate and requested 15 years in prison for Samsonov.
The next day, the deputy spoke in court with the last word, saying that the case against him was falsified for political reasons and directed against him as a representative of the political party Communist Party.
RT was unable to contact Samsonov’s lawyers Natalya Kasilova and Alexei Kletskin. At the trial, they said they would try to appeal the verdict.