Anti-oligarchy fighter Pavel Grigorchuk freed from jail again

Activist Grigorchuk transferred to judicial control

By Vera Balakhnova

Oct. 7: Civil activist Pavel Grigorchuk, accused of hooliganism, was transferred to judicial control. This was announced by one of the leaders of the European Left Party, activist Alexander Roshko, on his Facebook page. 

Pavel Grigorchuk and Alexander Roshko after Oct. 7 court ruling.

Recall that on September 26, Grigorchuk was arrested for 30 days. He is accused of attacking the prosecutor Nick Shendru, who was leaving the Chisinau Court of Appeals. The prosecutor’s office says that Grigorchuk inflicted injury on Shendra, and the prosecutor needed medical attention. Grigorchuk himself claims that Shendrya tried to take his phone from him, but he took it back, “using acceptable force.”

If the court finds the activist guilty, he faces a fine of up to 67.5 thousand lei or imprisonment for up to five years.

Recall, this is not the first time that Pavel Grigorchuk is accused of assault. On March 21, 2019, Democratic Deputy Sergei Syrbu stated that Grigorchuk had beaten him. The activist himself said that he had slapped Syrbu.

Grigorchuk was then charged with hooliganism, and the court placed him under preliminary arrest. The case of Grigorchuk and Syrbu is being considered by the Buyukan court. He faces up to five years in prison. 

Translator’s note: Grigorchuk, an implacable enemy of Moldova’s oligarch regime, has been imprisoned many times. He is currently a candidate for the Chisinau municipal council in the upcoming elections, representing the European Left Party.


Translated by Greg Butterfield

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