The second cassation court on September 15 rejected the complaint of the artist Mikhail Efremov, who, together with his defenders, tried to appeal the verdict.
The sentence to Efremov for the fatal accident was left unchanged.
As an Izvestia correspondent reported on Wednesday from the courtroom, Efremov asked for “leniency and mercy” during the trial. Efremov admitted that his life went downhill in 2019 after the death of his mother, and then the “theater mother” Galina Volchek. According to the artist, it was then that he began to have serious problems with alcohol abuse.
The actor compared the meeting with the lawyer Elman Pashayev, who defended his interests in court in the case of an accident, with the appearance of a devil from a snuffbox. Efremov assured that he did not forget for a minute about Sergei Zakharov, who died through his fault, and he prayed for his repose. He indicated that it did not matter whether the driver was wearing a seat belt or not.
The lawyer of the victims, Alexander Dobrovinsky, before the start of the court session, said that he would not help to understand what the defense of Efremov was seeking. The lawyer also said that his clients consider the verdict fair and want it to remain in its current version.
Currently, the artist is serving his sentence in a colony in Alekseevka due to a fatal traffic accident that occurred on June 8, 2020 on Smolenskaya Square in Moscow. His SUV flew into oncoming traffic and collided with a Lada van. The driver of the van, Sergei Zakharov, has died.
The examination established that at the time of the accident, Efremov was in a state of alcoholic intoxication, and traces of drugs were also found in his body. The court sentenced him to eight years in a colony, later the sentence was reduced to 7.5 years.
On June 22, 2021, Efremov’s lawyers Roman Filippov and Pyotr Kharkhorin asked to mitigate the client’s punishment, indicating that the sentence did not fully take into account the circumstances mitigating the artist’s guilt. So, lawyers recalled that the actor actively participated in public life, was engaged in charity work, and also compensated the victims and apologized to them on several occasions.
The complaint also stated that Efremov had developed a mental disorder and was suffering from alcohol dependence syndrome. In addition, many relatives remained at his expense.