MOSCOW, 8 Feb – RIA Novosti. Actor Mikhail Efremov, convicted of a fatal road accident, was not officially notified why he was convoyed to Moscow, he is waiting for lawyers, the executive secretary of the Moscow POC Alexey Melnikov told RIA Novosti.
“Mikhail Efremov arrived on Monday at SIZO No. 5 in Moscow. He was placed in a five-bed cell, but he still has only one neighbor. When we arrived, Efremov was dressed in prison clothes: a dark sweater with a light stripe and a badge with a photo and full name. He has no complaints about the conditions of detention in the pre-trial detention center and in the colony, “the human rights activist said.
Melnikov added that, according to Efremov, he refused his post as head of the club in the colony. “He said that he decided to remain a man,” added the human rights activist.
“He told us that he had not been officially notified why he was convoyed to Moscow, he was waiting for lawyers,” Melnikov said.
Recently it became known that the actor from the Belgorod colony was convoyed to the capital pre-trial detention center. Many suggested that this could be related to the consideration of cassation complaints against the verdict, but the regional FPS stated that Efremov was brought to Moscow “to participate in investigative actions.”
A law enforcement source told RIA Novosti that Efremov was placed in the Vodnik pre-trial detention center in Moscow.
Efremov was placed in Vodnik in September 2020 after the Presnensky Court of Moscow sentenced him to eight years in prison, and remained there until he was sent to the Belgorod colony.
On the evening of June 8, 2020, in the center of Moscow, a drunken Efremov driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee crossed a double continuous line, drove into the oncoming lane and crashed into a Lada van, the driver of which, the courier of the online store Sergey Zakharov, later died in hospital. As a result of the high-profile trial, the Presnensky court sentenced Efremov to eight years in a general regime colony, then the Moscow City Court reduced the term to 7.5 years.