Mikhail Efremov has been in prison for almost 2.5 years.
Photo: Mikhail FROLOV
Mikhail Efremov has been in prison for almost 2.5 years, first – the capital’s pre-trial detention center, then – the “star” colony in the village of Alekseevka, Belgorod region (footballers Kokorin and Mamaev were also procrastinating here ). The actor was sentenced to 7.5 years and, according to rough estimates, he should be released at the end of 2027 – early 2028. However, Mikhail Olegovich intends to try his luck and be released five years earlier.
It turned out that Mikhail Efremov is asking to replace the prison sentence with forced labor – the corresponding petition was registered on January 23, 2023 at the Alekseevsky Court of the Belgorod Region. However, the date of the meeting has not yet been set.
So Mikhail Olegovich is about to be released? And what, to the right, the streets will take revenge? Anticipating the details, we called the artist’s attorney, Peter Kharkhorin. However, they quickly became disillusioned.
– With all due respect, I won’t say anything, not a single word! I know everything, but I will remain silent: I am forbidden to talk to the press. I have already received for my long tongue, he categorically interrupted Kharkhorin and hastened to say goodbye.
However, not all experts are bound by the attorney-client privilege. So, the star lawyer Andrey Aleshkin told the KP.RU website about the fate of Mikhail Efremov.
“I want to remind you that I am not Mikhail Efremov’s lawyer and can only comment on the situation as a whole,” Aleshkin immediately warned. – In fact, under art. 80 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, upon serving 1/3 of the designated term, the convicted person may file a petition for the replacement of imprisonment with forced labor. Mikhail Olegovich today has such an opportunity by law. Therefore, I do not see any sensation here – this story is not unique, hundreds of prisoners do this every day. And I think that Efremov’s chances are great: as it is known from the media, in the colony in which he was engaged in social work, he proved himself on the positive side. I think the court will agree.
In case of a positive decision, according to the lawyer, Mikhail Efremov will continue to serve his sentence in the regional UFITS (this is a station that functions as a correctional facility. – Ed.), And then, probably, he will apply for transfer to Moscow. And from the UFITS in the capital he will finally make himself known.
– The UFITS is a labor center where people live and work. They practically do not have an escort, that is, they have free time, with permission they can go out into the territory, use mobile communications, computers, household appliances, Andrey Aleshkin explained. – You can take a day off, go with your relatives – compared to the colony, the conditions are quite relaxed. And in this case, as I suppose, the main goal is the transfer of the UFITS of the Belgorod region to the UFITS of Moscow, where it will be possible to carry out further punishment, for example, work in the theater and deduct from 10 to 25% of the salary to the tax To me this chain looks logical and quite real. The theater can come to an agreement with the UFITS, that’s all.
And then, if all goes well, Mikhail Efremov will have bright prospects. At first, according to the lawyer’s forecasts, the actor will have to live in a workplace in some kind of common room, but after a couple of months he will be able to arrange residence at the place of registration. So Mikhail Olegovich will be at home and will play in the theater again, except that sometimes he will have to go to the UFITS.
However, there is an important nuance that can end the hopes of an imprisoned artist.
– The court will certainly take into account the position of the victims and, as you know, it was initially categorical and did not change in the process, – recalled Andrei Aleshkin. – However, I am still more inclined towards a positive decision. Mikhail Olegovich can be released and I would be very surprised if this does not happen.