Today, the appeal college of the Moscow Region Court is to decide the fate of General Rokhlin’s widow. The college is expected to consider the appeal lodged by Tamara Rokhlina’s lawyer against the verdict of the Naro-Fominsk court sentencing her to 8 years in prison for a crime she has not committed. Also today, Vyacheslav Klykov, a renowned sculptor and the chairman of the Slavic Literature Foundation, forwarded a letter to Alexiy II, the Russian Orthodox Church patriarch, concerning Mrs. Rokhlina’s fate. Mr. Klykov, in particular, asks the patriarch to put in a word of mercy for a poor woman. “We have just witnessed an example of mercy – pardoning of American spy Pope who, thanks to certain media outlets, has left our country nearly like a hero. But what or who prevents us from being merciful, in the Christian way, to a woman, mother of a sick child? The more so that there are no proofs of Mrs. Rokhlina’s direct involvement in her husband’s murder,” the letter says.
"There should be no Russian who goes to sleep without wondering if they're going to get their throat slit in the middle of the night,” Milley said