Posts Tagged ‘Criminal justice’

  1. The ECHR on disjointed trials and res judicata

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    February 11, 2017 by AK

    Wednesday’s predictable but nevertheless bizarre re-conviction of Navalny and Ofitserov makes one wonder how the court managed the seemingly insurmountable barriers such as the absence of the corpus delicti and the ECHR’s ruling. It’s especially puzzling if, as Navalny has observed, at least some of the ruling was pasted straight from the 2013 original, complete with the …
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  2. What did the groundhog see?

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    February 8, 2017 by AK

    It’s Groundhog Day for the Russian opposition and its informal leader: Alexei Navalny said the verdict at the retrial was copied word for word from his first conviction… As the judge read out the guilty verdict on Wednesday, Navalny tweeted out pages from the original verdict to support his claim that it had been copied word for …
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  3. Making sense of it all when “you can’t believe a single word”

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    November 15, 2016 by AK

    According to Radio Free Europe – Radio Liberty (here’s a report from the BBC): Russia’s economic development minister [Alexei Ulyukayev] has been charged with large-scale bribe taking and placed under house arrest following his detention overnight in a case that has sent shock waves through the country’s ruling elite. It appears to be a case of trumped-up …
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  4. Robert Amsterdam’s new client

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    July 21, 2016 by AK

    ​I learned of Robert Amsterdam when he was representing Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Yukos as their international lawyer. Amsterdam’s relentless criticism of Russia’s legal system, which he witnessed in action at the first Yukos trial in 2003-4, was spot on but too few cared to listen back then. He remained a vocal critic of Putinism for …
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  5. Unlike Erdogan, Putin does not need to purge Russia’s submissive judiciary

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    July 17, 2016 by AK

    Erdoğan’s ongoing purge of the judiciary is unsurprising: apparently, an influential group of appellate judges was one of the few barriers left on his march to absolute power – although the magistrates’ motives may have little to do with the rule of law. During his years as an active politician, Berlusconi was hounded by the so-called …
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  6. Prisoner exchange

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    May 26, 2016 by AK

    Vedomosti, the independent business paper, ran this headline today: “Savchenko’s release became Russia’s PR* defeat.” I disagree. Doing the right thing – in the simplest sense of right as good – can’t be bad PR. Even if the world thinks you are beyond redemption. I can’t prove it, of course, but… That’s all. *The Russian word I …
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  7. Ukrainians tried in Grozny: the verdict

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    May 21, 2016 by AK

    A jury in Grozny, Chechnya, has found the two Ukrainians I have written about (1, 2, 3) guilty of fighting against Russian troops on the side of Chechen separatists in 1994-95. One of the men seems to have literally lost his mind from the inhumane treatment he endured in Russian captivity. Regarding the jury’s independence, …
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  8. As usual, Russia’s constitutional court bows to the executive

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    February 28, 2016 by AK

    The Russian Constitutional Court has fixed the glitch in the legislation that denied the guaranteed right to a jury trial to women accused of capital crimes: According to Russia’s Criminal Code, regional courts only hold jury trials when the accused faces life imprisonment. However, women cannot be sentenced to life imprisonment under Russia’s Criminal Code. After …
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  9. ECHR: Navalny and Ofitserov didn’t get a fair trial in 2013

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    February 24, 2016 by AK

    The European Court of Human Rights has unanimously ruled that the 2013 trial of Alexei Navalny and Pyotr Ofitserov was unfair. The principal reason was the prejudicial use of findings from another, fast-track trial – in which they were not represented – against the defendants. I discussed the judicial trap set up for Navalny and Ofitserov – …
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  10. One more judicial smear job?

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    December 9, 2015 by AK

    The latest, largely anticipated, turn in the story: Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky says he has been formally accused in a criminal case that, according to associates, involves the 1998 killing of a Siberian mayor that President Vladimir Putin has previously suggested was ordered by the self-exiled Kremlin critic. Putin freed Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev early …
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