A commander of a military police platoon, established to combat offenses among the military, has been dismissed for using hashish at a Russian base in Syria, Kommersant reports. According to the publication, Senior Lieutenant Marat Boyarchukov was caught in a state of drug intoxication on March 1, 2018. Khmeimim Air Base military commander summoned Boyarchukov to find out why he had missed the lineup and found that the officer was behaving inadequately.
The commander called the doctors, who conducted an express test. It turned out that the officer had been using cannabis group related drugs. When inspecting the personal belongings of the senior lieutenant, his colleagues found almost 14 grams of the drug, as well as a pipe for smoking it. An examination in the branch of the Ministry of Defense’s 111th Main State Center for Forensic Medical and Forensic Examinations conducted several days later showed that the seized substance was a mixture of hashish and tobacco, and the tube had a layer of these substances.
In a conversation with the military commanders, Boyarchukov confirmed that he had acquired, stored, and systematically used drugs, but asked not to dismiss him for that. In May 2018, the certifying commission of the military unit decided to prematurely dismiss the officer for an administrative offense related to the use of narcotic substances without a doctor’s prescription. By order of the commander of the troops of the Southern Military District of November 13, 2018 No. 237, Boyarchukov was dismissed from the armed forces.
Boyarchukov concluded the most recent contract with the Defense Ministry for five years in 2016 and was sent on a business trip to Syria “to perform special combat missions” in September 2017.
In December 2018, the former officer appealed against the actions of the command in the Grozny Garrison Military Court, on the territory of which the military unit was deployed, and in the North Caucasian District Military Court in March 2019. According to Boyarchukov, the first-instance court that refused him did not take into account the fact that he did not realize what he was doing at the time of giving written explanations on March 2 and 4, 2018, since he “was in a state of strong emotional disturbance, the cause of which was a long stay on a business trip at the war and participation in special events held without limiting the total duration of weekly office time.” The former officer asked to consider his initial explanations an unacceptable evidence.
Boyarchuk also pointed out that when making the contested decision, the Grozny Garrison Military Court did not take into account that the order of his medical examination for intoxication had been violated in Syria, and therefore the relevant protocol in relation to him was illegal. As evidence of his non-involvement in drug use, Boyarchukov cited the results of test conducted by the medical clinic Bers in Grozny on April 20, 2018, according to which no psychotropic and narcotic substances were found in his blood. However, the court of appeal considered the reference to the evidence to be unfounded, since the studies in the clinic were carried out more than 50 days after the discovery of drug in the ex-officer’s blood, and it could have been completely filtered out during that time.
Boyarchukov’s explanation, according to which he was “in a state of great emotional agitation,” was regarded by the court as an attempt to avoid responsibility. The court noted that the explanations were given by the ex-officer voluntarily after he was explained the application of Art. 51 of the Constitution, which allows not to testify against oneself, and, despite the fact that the claimant gave them [explanations] at different times, they completely concur with each other and with other evidence provided in the case.