Neither side disagrees with the verdict that the court handed down to the popular trash streamer Mellstroy on July 9. Both will appeal against him, the lawyers told Izvestia… Moreover, the victim – model Alena Efremova – intends to get Andrei Burim (Mellstroy) in prison by all means. So far, he received only six months of correctional labor for beating a girl on the air. And although the blogger is not officially employed anywhere, he will not evade the execution of punishment., the lawyer assured him. A bill will be submitted to the State Duma in the autumn session, prohibiting trash streams, told Izvestia in the Federation Council. If it had already been adopted, Andrei Burim would not have gotten off with six months of correctional labor, according to the upper house of parliament.
The blow will work
Popular trash blogger Andrei Burim will not go to jail for beating model Alena Efremova during a live broadcast, which he hosted from Moscow City apartments. On July 9, the Presnensky Court of Moscow found him guilty of beating a girl (according to Art. 116 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – “beatings”), but sentenced him not to a real term, but to corrective labor.
Mellstroy will be corrected by labor for six months, while 10% of his salary will go to the state… The prosecution asked to deduct 15% from the blogger’s earnings, but the court “forgave” him 5%. Of the 10 million rubles in compensation that Alena Efremova demanded, the prosecutor asked to reimburse only 50 thousand rubles. And the court agreed with him. Another 22 thousand will be paid by the offender to the girl for the costs of doctors.
– I believe that this is a mockery of justice and startling news for all Russian women, who can now be very inexpensively beaten with their heads on the table live.– Anton Zharov, the lawyer of Alena Efremova, told Izvestia.
He clarified that Andrey Burim, although it gets millions on the Web, does not officially work anywhere…
“I don’t understand how the prosecutor’s office, which knows about this fact, asks for a punishment, which is essentially impossible,” the lawyer was indignant.
– Andrey will get a job, no problem– Melstroy’s lawyer Vadim Turov assured Izvestia. – The verdict will be executed in any case. If a person does not have a job, he will be given the walls in the entrance to paint or cut trees.
Melstroy has no specialty, but he can go to work as a waiterIt’s better than painting the walls, the lawyer said. Melstroy himself looks at such a prospect calmly, he will gladly find a job in some bar or restaurant, added his defender.
Labor and army
Anton Zharov also spoke about some details from the blogger’s life, which became known during the trial. For example, that Burim was allegedly registered fictitiously in Moscow… The blogger himself admitted to the court that he advertises the casino, although gambling is prohibited by law, the lawyer recalled. Also, during the process, it turned out that Melstroy was drafted into the army – he must serve in Belarus, he comes from there. One of the representatives of the victim tried to hand him a summons from the military registration and enlistment office right in court, but the blogger did not accept, the lawyer said.
Vadim Turov called all such statements “provocation and persecution of the client”…
– The registration is valid, we would not present false documents to the court, especially given the public’s attention to the process. Andrei Burim did not admit to advertising the casino, but only said that he once played in it (Melstroy plays in the casino live on YouTube and does not hide it. – Izvestia). The victim’s representative simply had no right to hand over a summons to the military registration and enlistment office, especially on behalf of a foreign state, ”said Burima’s lawyer.
All these actions are aimed at obtaining huge monetary compensation and further fanning the scandal, the defender added. He does not think that Alena herself is interested in this.
– We offered her compensation of 3 million rubles, but we were told – no, we need ten, otherwise we will put him in jail. During the trial, Andrei more than once offered the girl to pay her this money live so that everyone could see how he repented. But Alena just said nothing. In this process, in my opinion, she does not have the right to vote.… For her everything is decided by completely different people, – said the lawyer, without specifying who they are.
Anton Zharov stated that Alena will definitely appeal the verdict, since the blogger caused her suffering, which affected her nervous system…
– We presented to the court a conclusion, which was signed by the head of the forensic psychological laboratory of the Moscow Regional Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry, Professor Viktor Gul’dan. It says that as a result of the traumatic event, Alena developed a number of mental disorders. However, the court did not accept this document, citing the fact that it was not drawn up in accordance with the norms of the law. We believe that this was a far-fetched argument, ”the lawyer said.
Now Alena is undergoing treatment, so the defense will have other medical certificates to appeal, the lawyer added.
– The girl’s life was just ruined. As a model, it is now very difficult for her to get contracts.because her name is everywhere in a negative context. I promise this person will receive the punishment they deserve. In my opinion, he should sit, – said the defender of the victim.
The blogger’s defense also has claims to the verdict – she asked the court for acquittal on the grounds that there was no criminal structure in the actions of Andrei Burim, but only an administrative one.… In addition, the court did not assess the psycholinguistic examination, which said that Alena provoked her offender, and this is a very important point in the qualification of his actions, the lawyer said.
In spite of this, Andrei Burim would not instruct on the appeal of the verdict, but the irreconcilable position of the victim forces him to do this, said Vadim Turov.
This verdict shows that there is a need for a law prohibiting trash streams and seriously toughening the punishment for such crimes, Alexei Pushkov, chairman of the Federation Council commission on information policy and interaction with the media, told Izvestia.…
As previously reported by Izvestia, a working group created in January of this year on behalf of Valentina Matvienko, speaker of the Federation Council, has already developed such a bill. It will be submitted to the State Duma after passing the appropriate procedures.
– The punishment provided for by our bill is much more serious than the one that was passed on July 9. They explain to us that everything is already in the Criminal Code and in the Administrative Code. But the verdict that was passed today shows us that there is no full awareness of the seriousness of this crime. BUT our bill will be aimed at preventing such violations. A person will know that he will not get off with a 70 thousandth fine. And if the victim receives physical injuries, then the punishment will not be reduced to six months of correctional labor, but will be much more serious, – the senator assured.
The solution to the issue of trash streaming is possible only by combining the efforts of the state and the Internet community, the Roskomnadzor told Izvestia… They believe that the most effective measure to combat trash streams is their instant blocking by the social network itself.
– According to the law on self-control of social networks, which came into force on February 1, they are legally obligated to identify and block socially dangerous content in a timely manner. We believe that the legislative initiative should be aimed at improving the provisions of the law on self-control of social networks in terms of increasing the effectiveness of the fight against trash streams. In addition, it is necessary to introduce punishment, up to criminal, against the organizers of such streams, especially if their activities lead to tragic consequences, they recalled there.
The harsh sentences by themselves will not change the bad morals of the authors of trash streams, but will only embitter them, Andrei Svintsov, deputy chairman of the State Duma committee on information policy, information technology and communications, told Izvestia.… Therefore, it is good that the sentence to Andrei Burim is not too harsh, he said.
Counteraction to trash streaming should not lie in the plane of criminal punishment, but in the sphere of strengthening control over the social networks themselves, which are obliged to more strictly monitor and immediately block socially dangerous content, the deputy is sure. And not just block individual videos, but liquidate the accounts of their owners. Moreover, as a rule, trash accounts are needed by their authors as a platform for attracting subscribers, collecting donations and conducting advertising campaigns, Andrei Svintsov emphasized.
– In fact, this is a business, and if all bloggers understand that they are posting content that is prohibited, and that because of it they can lose business, then the very meaning of trash streaming will disappear, ” the deputy explained.…
He added that in the fall the LDPR faction will submit to the State Duma its bill banning trash streaming.