The prosecutor has asked the Moscow City Court to sentence former State Investigations Department colonel Vladimir Kvachkov to 14 years in prison for trying to prepare a coup and assist terrorism.
Thus, the state prosecutor has asked the court to find Kvachkov guilty of the charges, an Interfax correspondent has reported.
Kvachkov told the court on January 28 that the People's Militia movement had no plans to prepare a coup in Russia. People's Militia organized guerilla trainings so we could defeat the enemy in the event of a war. It was not our goal to prepare a riot inside the country," Kvachkov said.
Kvachkov was earlier twice acquitted by Moscow City Court juries in a case dealing with an assassination attempt on former Unified Energy Systems head Anatoly Chubais. The Supreme Court upheld Kvachkov's acquittal on December 22, 2010.
Kvachkov also ensured that courts obliged the prosecution authorities to apologize to him for his unlawful prosecution and was paid 450,000 rubles in compensation for moral damages.
On December 23, 2010, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) operatives detained Kvachkov at his apartment, from which he was immediately brought to Moscow's Lefortovsky Court, which sanctioned his arrest on charges of preparations for a military coup and facilitation of terrorist activities.
The investigation ordered that Kvachkov undergo psychiatric examination, which he considered insulting and insisted, unsuccessfully, on its cancellation. Several months later, doctors concluded that Kvachkov was mentally healthy and absolutely sane.
The Moscow City Court turned down an appeal by Kvachkov's defense on dropping his criminal prosecution on October 17, 2012. His imprisonment pending trial was extended several times.