Taisiya Osipova and her supporters have maintained that
police planted four grams of heroin in her home in 2010 in revenge for
her refusal to testify against her husband, Sergei Fomchenkov, also an
activist with The Other Russia opposition movement. A witness for the
defense testified at the trial that he saw a police officer put the
drugs in Osipova’s apartment.
Eduard Limonov, the leader of The
Other Russia party, told Interfax on Tuesday that “this verdict is not
only a political one, it’s also terrifying revenge.”
Fomchenkov reported the verdict on his Twitter account. The court in Smolensk was not available to confirm the verdict.