21.5 The Investigation into the Case of V. Bukovsky

No 21 : 11 September 1971

On Bukovsky‘s arrest, see CCE 19.1.

On 29 June N. I. Bukovskaya submitted a protest to R. A. Rudenko, USSR Procurator-General, against the violation of the right to a defence in the case of her son V. Bukovsky; the violation consisted in the unexplained refusal of the Moscow City Procurator to admit a defence counsel to the case at the stage of pre-trial investigation According to the 1 August 1970 Decree of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet, defence counsel may he admitted at this stage if the case is especially complex (the Procurator’s approval is needed for this).

The especial complexity of V. Bukovsky’s case is indicated by the fact that the term of pre-trial detention in custody has twice been extended during the period of the investigation. “The Procurator is entitled not to give permission,” writes N. I. Bukovskaya, “but he must, I presume, give his reasons, in accordance with the general principles of administrative law”.

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On 3 August officials of the Moscow Regional KGB carried out searches at the homes of Irina Belogorodskaya (at two flats — where she lives and where she is registered), Ludmila Alexeyeva, Yelena Stroyeva and Vladimir Gusarov (in his absence–his former wife was invited to be present at the search). During the searches note-books, personal correspondence and tape-recordings of songs were confiscated. The searches were carried out in connection with cases No. 365 and 350 (It is known that case No. 350 is that of V. Kozharinov, see CCE 19.11, item 4). After the searches all the persons involved were taken away for questioning. The husbands of Belogorodskaya and Alexeyeva were also questioned, as was a friend of Alexeyeva who was in her flat at the time of the search. The investigators refused to explain what case No. 365 was about. It can be supposed that this is the case of V. Bukovsky. Questioning was conducted by Moscow KGB investigators Bardin and [V. I.] Korkach.

At the end of August or the beginning of September Vladimir Bukovsky was sent to the Serbsky Institute for an in-patient, forensic-psychiatric examination. [10]