Comment by the Information and Press Department on the status of the former head of the Irkutsk affiliate of Alliance Francaise Yoann Barbereau
Criminal proceedings against French citizen Yoann Barbereau were initiated by the Investigative Department of Irkutsk’s Kuibyshev District Investigative Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee on January 28, 2015. Barbereau was suspected of committing a crime as described in items “a” and “d” of Part 2 of Article 242.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, notably, an unidentified person publishing online pornographic photos and a video clip with the participation of a minor or minors. Investigators also received information that he had also committed sexual acts with a minor, taking advantage of the minor’s condition.
Barbereau was placed under house arrest for the duration of the investigation and court hearings in Irkutsk. Several court hearings took place in 2015-2016 during which the defendant and his attorneys tried to postpone the proceedings as much as possible.
On September 11, 2016 Barbereau disappeared from his flat in Irkutsk, where he was under house arrest. On December 26, 2016 the Irkutsk Kirov District Court convicted him on all counts and sentenced him to 15 years in a correctional colony of strict regime and deprived him of the right to engage in teaching for six years. The Russian General Prosecutor’s Office put him on the wanted list, including the Interpol wanted list.
Yesterday Barbereau appeared in France and bluntly stated that he had left Russia illegally, which is also a criminal offense. The Russian authorities intend to do all they can to prosecute him under the law. We are in contact with the French authorities on this issue.