Posts Tagged ‘Navalny’

  1. 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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  2. The chance of losing may be 99% if you vote. It’s 100% you don’t.

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    September 20, 2016 by AK

    More notes on last Sunday’s Duma election in Russia. The elephant in the room. Alexei Navalny – the de-facto opposition leader in my view, although not in everyone else’s – was barred from running, as was his party. The silence of the urbanites. In the previous post, I called Russian non-voters political idiots, but in …
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  3. Beware of British spies

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    April 15, 2016 by AK

    Russian Channel One has run an unprecedentedly absurd “investigative” program accusing Alexei Navalny of working for Bill Browder and MI-6 since 2006, and claiming that Navalny, Browder and “agent Solomon” from MI-6 conspired to cause the death of Sergei Magnitsky, who died in the Butyrka prison in 2009. Amazingly, Russia’s Investigative Committee has announced an investigation …
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  4. 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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  5. The “most damning yet, if the allegations are all true.”

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    December 19, 2015 by AK

    Imagine a nominally federated but largely centralized polity with a Continental legal system. The prosecutor-general heads the federal prosecution service, which is responsible, through regional and local branches, for bringing all the criminal prosecutions and for overseeing all the criminal investigations in the country. Suppose the prosecutor-general has two highly-trusted deputies, both married men. Their wives hold shares, 25% …
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  6. Hostages of corrupt states

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    February 18, 2015 by AK

    Yesterday, the Moscow City Court affirmed the trial court’s verdict and sentences in the case against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg. Alexei Navalny received a suspended sentence of 3.5 years but Oleg Navalny, who is already in jail, was sentenced to a 3.5-year prison term. Alexei Navalny is now technically free from house arrest but there …
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  7. Professionals at work

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    December 25, 2014 by AK

    (1) The Russian Investigative Committee’s strongest side is fabricating cases against Alexey Navalny and other opposition activists. I’ve blogged about the investigators’ tricks and drew some international comparisons but this time – as Navalny is facing a 10-year sentence in the new, “Yves Rocher” case – the charges are merely absurd, both at first glance and at any …
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  8. Facebook and Ukraine Freedom Support Act

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    December 21, 2014 by AK

    Tetyana Lokot reports for Global Voices: Just one day after supporters of Putin critic and opposition figure Alexey Navalny set up a Facebook event page for a protest rally in his support, the page has been blocked for users in Russia. Over 12 thousand Facebook users signed up to the event in the first 24 …
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  9. The way things work

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    June 20, 2014 by AK

    Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, has been under house arrest since February. He is serving a suspended sentence for “embezzlement” and has recently been indicted for “fraud”. His campaign team is being investigated for stealing donations. In other words, the Kremlin’s judicial lapdogs are biting at him on every side, although they have not been quite …
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  10. Calumny in Italy and Russia

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    April 23, 2014 by AK

    Italy’s much-criticized calumny laws can be ruinous: Amanda Knox was convicted of calumny after Perugian cops had asked her to “imagine” being present at the scene of crime with her employer and she had dutifully complied. Although Italy’s supreme court recognized the lawyerless interrogation as irregular and suppressed the statements she had signed, it later ordered …
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