After the third day: “The FSB should be on trial”

Publish date: October 22, 1998

Written by: Runar Forseth

ST. PETERSBURG (Bellona Web): This was defender Reznyk's main comment after the third day of the trial against Aleksandr Nikitin. At a short press briefing few minutes after the court closed for the day, Reznyk described the case as shameful to his country.

Ashamed Reznyk: "FSB should trade places with Nikitin"
"Aleksandr Nikitin will be acquitted. I do not doubt that, either now or later. But even when he is acquitted, justice will still not be done. The people who have brewed this case must switch place with Nikitin! I will tell you, this is a very serious announcement," said an agitated Reznyk. "My strong feeling today is a feeling of shame. Shame that in my motherland, there is an organisation which is supposed to provide safety to the people, but instead constantly causes damage to the citizens and the reputation of this country."

"FSB must, in my opinion, be grateful to the court that the hearings are closed. If they had been open it would testify to the unusual shame of the organisation which is widely called the security force. The employees of this organisation have not forgotten anything from the past, and the new officers have learned things from the past which they should not have learned," said Reznyk.