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Academic Commentary
22 Dec 2014
by Sascha-Dominik Bachmann of Bournemouth University

JURIST Guest Columnist Sascha-Dominik Bachmann, of Bournemouth University in the UK, discusses the present use of incendiary weapons within its legal framework and why the use of such weapons is most likely to continue, as a response to Human Rights Watch's call to end incendiary weapon use in Ukraine and … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Russian court on Monday sentenced two men to life in prison for the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Rustam Makhmudov was convicted [JURIST report] last month of pulling the trigger, and his uncle, Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, was convicted of organizing the murder on … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Five men were found guilty for their involvement in the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] in a Russian court on Tuesday. Brothers Rustam, Ibragim and Dzhabrail Makhmudov, their uncle Lom-Ali Gaitukayev, and former Moscow police officer Sergei Khadzhikurbanov were all convicted, but a … [read more]


Features
25 Mar 2014

Sparked by frustration with the social and economic conditions in Russia during the country's involvement in World War I, the Russian people rioted against Tsar Nicholas II. The Tsar's government collapsed in February 1917, and this "February Revolution" brought a new socialist economic system spearheaded by the Bolsheviks to what … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled on Thursday that Russia must pay 1.9 million euros, or $2.6 million, to the families of 36 Chechen men who disappeared between 2000 and 2006. The court found that Russia was in violation of Articles 2, 3, 5 and … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website] voted in favor [press release, in Russian] of strict new anti-terrorism legislation on Friday. The bill [legislative materials, in Russian] increases prison time for setting up a terrorist entity from 15 to 20 years in prison, and individuals convicted for participation in a … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

In the wake of 9/11, Bush declared a "War on Terror," sparking US anti-terrorism efforts in the Philippines, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On October 7, 2001, the first military action in the War on Terror was launched against the Taliban … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2012
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Former Russian police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov was found guilty on Friday for his role in the 2006 murder [JURIST report] of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Pavlyuchenkov, who was a lieutenant colonel at the time of the murder, was arrested [JURIST report] in August, and pleaded … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A lawmaker from the centrist political party United Russia [political website, in Russian] on Friday announced a bill that would ban the media from disclosing the ethnic backgrounds of suspects, victims and other individuals during reports on crimes and trials. The law was proposed [Moscow Times report] by State … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Russian investigators on Monday announced that they have formally charged ex-police officer Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov with the 2006 murder [JURIST report] of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Pavlyuchenkov, who was a lieutenant colonel at the time of the murder, was arrested [JURIST report] in August and is … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday urged Russian authorities [press release] to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder of rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary], including an inquiry into possible official involvement in the killing. Estemirova, who was kidnapped in Grozny in July 2009 and shot … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances [official website] expressed concern [press release] on Wednesday over the state of enforced disappearances in Mexico. The Working Group, a panel of five independent human rights experts, found a "chronic pattern of impunity demonstrated by the absence of effective investigations … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Russian investigators on Wednesday arrested a former police officer in connection with the 2006 murder [JURIST report] of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Authorities arrested Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov [RFE/RL report], who is suspected of arranging Politkovskaya's murder and hiring three Chechen men who have also been implicated … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW), Civil Rights Defenders (CRD), Front Line Defenders (FLD), Amnesty International (AI) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) [advocacy websites] on Thursday released a joint statement urging the Russian government to investigate the murder [text] of rights activist Natalia Estemirova [BBC obituary]. Estemirova, who was kidnapped … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jun 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] A court in Moscow acquitted human rights activist Oleg Orlov [JURIST news archive] of a libel suit brought by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov [BBC profile] over an allegation that he was responsible for the killing of a Chechen rights activist. The court found that the allegations were hypothetical [Guardian … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Russia's Federal Security Service on Thursday charged [ITAR-TASS report] Rustam Makhmudov with the 2006 murder [JURIST report] of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], after his arrest [JURIST report] Tuesday. Makhmudov, an assumed assassin on an international most wanted list since 1997 [ITAR-TASS report], was charged with … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Russia's Federal Security Service on Tuesday arrested the suspected shooter in the widely publicized 2006 murder [JURIST report] of famed journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Rustam Makhmudov was arrested [CNN report] at his parents' home in Chechnya almost five years after the killing as two of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A Russian judge was killed Tuesday outside his home in the North Caucasus province of Kabardino-Balkaria [BBC backgrounder], according to Russian authorities. District judge Dzhulber Bykov was shot several times [Reuters report] by gunmen suspected to be Islamic insurgents and died at the scene. The Russian government has faced … [read more]


Legal News
1 Sep 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] has begun considering a lawsuit filed by three Russian activists alleging their right to freedom of assembly has been violated, their lawyer said Tuesday. The court is reportedly deciding whether the case merits priority consideration [RIA Novosti]. The lawsuit stems … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday proposed [statement, in Russian] amending the country's terrorism legislation in the wake of Monday's twin suicide bombing attacks [Moscow Times report] on Moscow subway stations. In televised remarks, Medvedev said: We need to focus on improving … [read more]

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