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In the trial of Evgenia Berkovich and Svetlana Petriychuk, a secret witness was interrogated, who brought a recording of the performance to Center “E”

In Moscow, in the 2nd Western District Military Court, where the trial in the case of director Evgenia Berkovich and playwright Svetlana Petriychuk is ongoing, a secret witness was interrogated, who brought to the police a video of the play “Finist Yasny Falcon”. His testimony from the courtroom is reported by a Mediazona correspondent.

Judge Yuri Massin assigned the witness the pseudonym “Nikita” and decided to interrogate him via audio link with voice distortion.

Answering questions from state prosecutor Ekaterina Denisova, “Nikita” confirmed that in the fall of 2022, he secretly filmed a performance at the Moscow theater “Space Inside” on his phone, and then took the recording to the Center for Combating Extremism. According to the witness, he was convinced to do so by a Muslim friend from the North Caucasus.

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According to “Nikita”, before heading to Petrovka, 38, he hesitated for a long time, but in the end “civic responsibility” prevailed: “My conscience tormented me that there is such a work that advertises the values ​​of radical Islam, that Russia is bad, men are bad here, but they are all good there.”

— Terrorists are shown as victims, and the Russian state and society are designated as culprits. Because it was they who pushed the girls—this follows from their own stories—to join ISIS,” “Nikita” explained his indignation.

Answering a question from Judge Massin, the witness admitted that he had not even read the explanatory note drawn up in Petrovka from his words.

“I trust the police,” he said.

As follows from the testimony “ Nikita” in court, he worked at the Lyubimovka festival, where a reading of the play was presented back in 2019. During the meeting, he addressed Evgenia Berkovich on a personal level, and called Svetlana Petriychuk and her husband Yuri Shekhvatov “Sveta” and “Yura.”

The witness insisted that Berkovich and Petriychuk, even before the reading of “Finist” at the festival, “agreed” on the future production of the play, and during the discussion of the play after the reading they entered into a “conspiracy” regarding “planning an advertising campaign” and a suitable date for publishing the video “to attract more attention”. At the same time, all videos with readings of “Lyubimovka”, according to the terms of the festival, are published on YouTube on the same day, and participants cannot influence this, Petriychuk recalled.

— I work in the theater field and know the attitude to this issue. “I’m afraid for my career,” “Nikita” explained his anonymity. — In the theater, people are especially emotional. They may overreact. I just don’t know what to expect.

Earlier, during a meeting on June 6, Center “E” operative Roman Lisukov told how in March 2023 a certain “citizen” brought to the police a secretly made recording of the performance, because he saw in It contains “all possible justifications for the activities of the terrorist organization ISIS.” According to Lisukov, this well-wisher “very much fears for his life,” so his interview was classified.

Lawyer Ksenia Karpinskaya said at today’s hearing that the defense considers this video to be illegal evidence, since it was obtained with violations. According to Karpinskaya, “by interrogating an unknown person, the prosecution tried to offset the mistakes of the investigation in obtaining evidence.”

Evgenia Berkovich and Svetlana Petriychuk are accused of justifying terrorism (Part 2 of Article 205.2 of the Criminal Code) because of the play “Finist Yasny Falcon” about the fate of Russian women who marry Islamists and go to Syria. Petriychuk and Berkovich have been in pre-trial detention since May 2023.

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