Posts Tagged ‘Valery Zorkin’

  1. As usual, Russia’s constitutional court bows to the executive


    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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  2. Meet the Asiopeans


    December 18, 2014 by AK

    The chairman of Russia’s Constitutional Court, Valery Zorkin, made himself the butt of many a joke after intimating that serfdom had a certain value as a “spiritual bond” holding the nation together. He is now on the record supporting an “Asian Court of Human Rights” as a counterbalance to the ECHR. I guess the founding …
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  3. Digestive metaphors for a healthy nation


    September 30, 2014 by AK

    Sozont I. Potugin, the character from Turgenev’s The Smoke quoted by Dmitry Bykov and Erik McDonald and discussed here and here on this blog, had much more sensible views than his grumbling remarks had initially suggested. Consider this exchange from The Smoke (translation mine): [Litvinov]: “You have said that we should borrow, that we should …
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