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Legal News
19 May 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A senior judge for the Judiciary of England and Wales [official website] on Friday partially upheld [Reuters report] a request by British Foreign Secretary William Hague [official profile] to withhold certain information from the investigation into the 2006 death of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko [JURIST news archive]. Litvinenko was … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] The Tribunal de grande instance de Nanterr [official website, in French] announced Tuesday that a three-judge panel will investigate the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The investigation was prompted in August by Arafat's widow and daughter [JURIST report] after an Al Jazeera … [read more]


Legal News
2 Aug 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The widow and daughter of Yasser Arafat [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday asked a French court to investigate what they believe to be the murder of the former Palestinian leader. The allegations of Suha and Zahwa Arafat stem from a Swiss institute's report suggesting that Yasser Arafat … [read more]


Professional Commentary
13 Aug 2009

David Satter [Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute]: "The proposed law allowing Russian troops to intervene beyond Russia's borders is meant merely to provide legal cover for possible future Russian aggression. The law, which presumably will be adopted, declares as "legal" what was already done in the case of the Russian invasion … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Jul 2009

JURIST Guest Columnist Pamela A. Jordan, an associate professor of history at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) who writes on politics and human rights developments in Russia, says that the recent murder of Chechnya human rights activist Natalia Estemirova may help jolt average Russians into demanding that their leaders finally … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2009
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Moscow's Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeals on Thursday declared void [Interfax report] most of the Russian government's tax claims against the British Council [official website], the British government's cultural relations arm, relating to the organization’s in-country operations in 2004-2006. The British Council filed suit last May seeking to void … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2008
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] A Moscow arbitration court Friday overturned most of Russian government's tax claims against the British Council [official website], the British government's cultural relations arm, over the organization’s in-country operations in 2004-2006. The claims were made in late 2006 in the midst of strained relations between Russia and the United … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Russian authorities have asked Britain to extradite former Russneft [corporate website] oil company head Mikhail Gutseriyev, according to a Russian Ministry of the Interior [official website] spokesman Monday. Citing systematic government 'persecution' [BBC report], Gutseriyev resigned [RIA Novosti report] from Russneft in July 2007 amid Interior Ministry accusations of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] A UK intelligence official said Tuesday that there are "very strong indications" that the Russian government was behind the murder of former KGB agent and British citizen Alexander Litvinenko [JURIST news archive; BBC timeline]. The official made the comments [BBC video clip] anonymously during a television interview with the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov [official profile] Friday defended a Russian government directive earlier this week to shut down [BBC report] local offices of the British Council [official website] by January 1, saying that the offices in Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg were originally established in breach of international and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Russia has not yet received any evidence from Britain with which to prosecute Andrei Lugovoy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the primary suspect in the November 2006 murder of British citizen and former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the chief of the investigating committee … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] Tuesday rebuked UK Ambassador to Russia Sir Tony Brenton's suggestion that Russian authorities should interpret the Russian constitution's prohibition on extraditing citizens in "light of the circumstances" [JURIST report], calling it an "insult for our nation and our people" and characterizing the UK's … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Zvyagintsev on Monday criticized evidence provided by the United Kingdom to support the extradition of Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST news archive] for the poisoning-murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; BBC timeline], saying that the materials gave no evidence that the UK conducted … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Russia expelled four British diplomats [MFA press release] and suspended counter-terrorism cooperation with the UK Thursday in response to Monday's expulsion of four Russian diplomats [JURIST report] from the UK in protest over Russia's refusal to extradite Russian citizen Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST news archive] for the poisoning-murder of former … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Thursday ruled against Russia in the case of a former KGB agent who was detained under conditions that the court said "amounted to degrading treatment" [opinion; press release]. The ex-agent, Mikhail Trepashkin [advocacy website; Wikipedia profile], was arrested in 2003 … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The UK Prime Minister's Office [official website] on Wednesday formally rejected any possible proposal to try Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST news archive] for the poisoning-murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; BBC timeline] in a foreign court or on foreign soil. Spokesperson for the prime minister, Michael Ellam, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office [official website] announced the expulsion of four Russian diplomats [press release] and the immediate suspension of visa facilitation negotiations with Russia Monday, blaming "Russia's failure to cooperate to find a solution" in the two countries' differences over Britain's extradition request [JURIST report] for … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The UK Foreign Office [official website] said Tuesday that Russia's refusal to extradite the primary suspect [JURIST report] in the murder of British citizen and former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile] was "unacceptable." Prime Minister Gordon Brown said his office was still considering how to respond to … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Russian officials with the Office of the Prosecutor-General [official website, in Russian] have formally denied a British extradition request [JURIST report] for Andrei Lugovoy [JURIST news archive] on the grounds that the Russian constitution forbids the extradition of its citizens [MFA statement] for alleged crimes committed abroad, Interfax reported … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jul 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) [official website, in Russian] has charged Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky [JURIST news archive] on suspicion of plotting a violent coup against President Vladimir Putin, Berezovsky's lawyer said Monday. The charge is related to an interview [Guardian report] Berezovsky gave to … [read more]

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