It’s pretty obvious to me now that Italian prosecutors and lawyers are well trained in sophistry, casuistry, Jesuitism and such. Their Russian counterparts are slowtard hicks and redneck louts in comparison. They’ve made some progress lately but it’s still a long way to go. That’s why Russian judicial corruption is relatively easy to see and to understand.
Take Khodorkovsky’s and Lebedev’s second trial. It was a joke, legally speaking – a crude, unsophisticated, soldierly joke. Navalny’s trial? A marginal improvement – fake charges but some perverse procedural sophistication emerging. Pussy Riot? Greenpeace? Good for purpose but legally obnoxious, both cases.
They should have invited Italian prosecutors and judges. They would have packed Khodorkovsky off to prison with the combined elegance of a Perugian artisan and a Florentine torturer.