Posts Tagged ‘prison’

  1. The long verdict, or, the oldest trick in the book

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    February 23, 2014 by AK

    The trial of eight people charged with attacking police during the mass protest on May 6, 2011, has been going on for months in Moscow. The prosecution’s version of the events was largely discredited during the hearing. For the most part, witness testimony painted a picture of police incompetence, possibly deliberate provocation by the police …
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  2. A speedy trial, Russian style

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    January 19, 2014 by AK

    In December 2012 judge Tatiana Neverova acquitted a senior prison official accused of causing the death of Sergei Magnitsky.* In December 2013, she was asked to transfer from jail to house arrest a paralyzed man accused of a non-violent crime, fraud. She refused. Vladimir Topekhin had been injured in an accident days before he was arrested …
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  3. 28 of 29 of 30

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    November 25, 2013 by AK

    As of this afternoon, I believe 29 of the 30 Greenpeace activists from the Arctic Sunrise had been granted bail and 28 had been freed. One Briton was still in jail on a technicality. They can even leave Russia pending trial. Colin Russell, the ship’s radio operator, has been ordered detained for three more month. …
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  4. When in doubt, call them hooligans

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    October 27, 2013 by AK

    Russia has announced that it will be replacing the original piracy charges against the Greenpeace 30 with hooliganism and, for some, resistance to lawful authorities. Hooliganism is becoming a one size fits all charge – unexpectedly linking Pussy Riot and the Greenpeace 30.


  5. Something’s happening thanks to Nadezhda’s “prison diary”

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    September 26, 2013 by AK

    The letter has worked, in a way: several member of the presidential human rights commission have visited the IK-14 penal colony where Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot is serving her two-year term. One of them, Ilya Shablinsky – a professor of constitutional law at the Higher School of Economics, perhaps Russia’s best university – says he …
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  6. Hell is a place on earth

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    September 23, 2013 by AK

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s letter from a Gulag-like labor camp in Mordovia.


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