British employee of Samara university put under 2-month arrest for possessing 4 grams of hashish

The Samara Oktyabrsky District Court has put British subject Richard Philipp Bochius, 32, under a two-month arrest on counts of possessing hashish, an Interfax correspondent has reported from the courtroom on Aug. 28.

The Samara Oktyabrsky District Court has put British subject Richard Philipp Bochius, 32, under a two-month arrest on counts of possessing hashish, an Interfax correspondent has reported from the courtroom on Aug. 28.

"To put Bochius under two-month arrest, until October 23," Judge Gulnara Gurova said.

The court thereby upheld the request of the detectives.

The Bochius defense team claimed numerous procedural violations in the inquiry and the opening of the criminal case.

Bochius asked to be put under house arrest or to be released with travel restrictions. He said he had a heart disorder but could not say exactly what it was. The Briton also said he had to provide for his wife and seven-month-old daughter. Bochius said he would be able to work for Samara State Technical University and support his family while under house arrest.

The prosecutors said it would be impossible to either release him with travel restrictions or to put him under house arrest because Bochius was not living at his place of residence and his wife and he were separated. He could not describe his illness but confirmed that he was a smoker and sporadically used drugs.

Bochius, deputy head of the Samara State Technical University international cooperation department, was caught buying 3.8 grams of hashish on August 19.

On August 20, the Samara Oktyabrsky District Court found him guilty under Part 2, Article 6.8 of the Russian Code of Administrative Offenses (illegal turnover of narcotic, psychotropic and strong substances by a foreign citizen or a stateless person) and sentenced him to an administrative fine of 4,000 rubles and administrative deportation - voluntary departure from Russia.

Bochius resigned from his position at Samara State Technical University on August 21. University Rector Dmitry Bykov said they were satisfied with Bochius' performance. He was supposed to leave Russia by September.

Yet the police found over 30 grams of hashish in his apartment, and a criminal case was opened under Part 2 Article 228 of the Russian Criminal Code (illegal acquisition and possession of large quantities of narcotic drugs without intent to distribute).

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