People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

The problem of exceeding the limits of self-defense for many years has been one of the most acute in Russian legislation. The thinnest line between the necessary protection and its excess often leads to the fact that the person who saved himself or loved ones is behind bars, turning into a felon.

We propose to look at several high-profile stories of Russians who paid with freedom, although they themselves say that they simply fought off criminals.

Athlete Tatyana Andreeva and rapist from Biisk

Verdict - 7 years imprisonment

In the summer of 2012, junior powerlifting champion Tatyana Andreeva, nicknamed “Tanya-razor” (as the athlete called herself in social networks), together with her friend Dasha, went to rest on a lake near Biysk. This trip ended tragically.

On the way, the girls met two young people in a car, one of whom was familiar to them.The guys volunteered to bring friends to the lake, and then pick them up from there and throw them to the house.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

On the way back, the young people turned up at the Rus roadside motel, offering the girls some time to sit. Tatiana, she said, did not want to go, because the parents were waiting at home, but nevertheless succumbed to persuasion. Arriving at the place, the men offered the girls a drink. A friend agreed, and Tanya asked for water.

“Only I took a sip, and then I turned off right away,” said the girl.

Tanya woke up already in the room on the bed. On the surveillance camera records, a moment was later found when a man carried Tatiana in her arms in the room.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

Next to the bed was one of the guys - Sergey Cherkaykin. He quickly took off his shirt and went to the girl.

“He began to speak so that I could relax and“ not break. ” He began to crawl under my shirt, unbuttoning his shorts. I tried to push him away, slapped her hands on the face ... ", - said Tatyana in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

In the end, trying to protect herself, the girl groped on the table with apples and a knife, grabbed him and hit the man backhand in the stomach. Holding the wound with his hand, Sergey ran out of the room onto the street.After a friend ran into the room and took Tanya from the motel.

A day later, the man died in the hospital, and Tanya was under investigation. In August 2013, despite the testimony of a girl threatening her with rape and positive characteristics from the sports club and from school, the court decided that she exceeded the necessary limits of self-defense and sentenced the champion to 7 years in prison (the prosecutor asked for 8 years) for the murder.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

In prison, the girl tried to continue her active life: she led a radio program, participated in KVN and even won a beauty contest among the prisoners.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

This year, Tatyana was released on parole. Documentary filmmaker Elena Pogrebizhskaya made a film about the history of the athlete “The Andreeva Case”.

Student Alexandra Lotkova and shooting in the subway

Verdict - 3 years imprisonment

Late in the evening in May 2012 at the Moscow metro station "Tsvetnoy Boulevard" a law student Alexander Lotskova opened fire. According to the girl, she fought off the hooligans.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

Sasha and her friends were waiting for the train when three drunken strangers (Ibrahim Kurbanov, Ivan Belousov and Ivan Yermoshkin) approached them and, according to the student, began to harass and threaten.Two guys allegedly had knives with them.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

Ibrahim Kurbanov and Ivan Belousov

A fight broke out between the girl’s friends and strangers, during which, as Sasha told later, one of her friends was slashed with a knife. Video recording of what was happening that evening on the subway became one of the main evidence. The video shows how the guys fight, a police officer runs around helplessly, and the student pulls out a traumatic pistol and shoots several times.

Two guys were injured, after which the police finally really intervened in the scuffle.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

The guys who, according to Alexandra, attacked her and friends, had their own version of what happened. According to their testimony, it was Sasha and her friends who started a scuffle, and then the girl opened fire at all.

The court that considered this case took the side of young people. On March 20, 2013, the Tverskoy Court of Moscow sentenced a student to 3 years in prison.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

Picket in support of Alexandra Lotkova, 2013, RIA Novosti / Alexander Wilf

In December 2014, the student was released early. In total, she spent in captivity for 2 years and 4 months.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

Katya Pronin and drunken husband with a bat

Verdict - 2 years imprisonment

And this is the 23-year-old Ekaterina Pronina from the city of Belozersk. In the winter of 2015, she killed a civil husband who attacked her in a drunken stupor with an iron bat. Catherine at that time was pregnant.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

The husband even raised his hand to his wife before the pregnancy, but the nightmare that happened on the December evening in 2015 did not reach. According to the memories of the girl, the man came home drunk and immediately attacked her with his fists. In the course went a bit, with which the rowdy smashed the head of his pregnant wife.

Understanding that she needed to defend herself somehow from an angry husband, Kate grabbed a knife and, as she later told in court, all she wanted to do was scare her husband. However, the fight led to the fact that the girl hit the offender. Spouse died almost immediately.

The investigation and the court came to the conclusion that the pregnant woman exceeded the limits of necessary self-defense, and sentenced Katya to 2 years in prison. The child had to give birth behind bars. And when the baby was born, he was taken away and identified as a “temporary family”, and after that he was completely taken to Saratov.

“They sent me a paper that my son had left for another family. Of course, there was a tantrum, I even wanted to put in the medical unit.But I decided - I will fight, ”Katya recalled.

Returning a son was not easy. The boy was given to his mother only after his release (the girl came out on parole) and the intervention of the children's ombudsman.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

Commissioner under the President of the Russian Federation for the Rights of the Child Anna Kuznetsova (left) and Ekaterina Pronina

As it turned out, the woman’s son was taken away illegally.

“There were no objective reasons and sufficient reasons to separate the baby from the mother: neither abandonment of the child, nor anti-social behavior or other threats from adults. My mother, being in custody, was constantly interested in the fate of little Sasha, ”Anna Kuznetsova, an ombudsman for the child’s rights under the President of the Russian Federation, commented on the situation.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

Viktor Ganchar and protection of his daughter from drunk

Verdict - 7 years imprisonment

Most often, women become hostages of the imperfection of legislation in self-defense stories. However, there are exceptions with men in the lead role. For example - a case that occurred in Novosibirsk.

In the fall of 2014, a local resident, Viktor Hanchar, killed a drunk man. A few minutes before the tragedy, a stranger burst into the apartment where Victor was with his young daughter.The guy grabbed the child, and the father rushed to protect the girl. As a result, the man pushed the guest into the corridor, where he struck him several blows, one of which turned out to be fatal - the attacker subsequently died from a ruptured liver.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

The court considered that the man did not defend himself, but intentionally killed a stranger. According to the prosecutor's office, it was enough for Victor to calmly push the guest out onto the landing, close the door behind him and call the police. As a result, the Novosibirsk was sentenced to 7 years of strict regime.

People who defended themselves and paid dearly for it

However, Victor did not spend 7 years behind bars. After numerous pickets of residents of Novosibirsk in defense of Ganchar, in 2016, the Supreme Court sent the case for review, which resulted in the release of the man. In total, for the protection of his little daughter, Victor spent more than a year behind bars.

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