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Legal News
14 Oct 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The High Court of England and Wales on Monday dismissed a libel suit against a British financier who has criticized corruption in Russia. Russian police officer Pavel Karpov sued William Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital Fund [corporate website] after Browder accused Karpov of being involved in a circle … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Thursday convicted deceased lawyer Sergei Magnitsky [JURIST news archive] and former client, William Browder, of tax evasion. Magnitsky, who died in prison in 2009 under suspicious circumstances, was a lawyer for the Hermitage Capital Fund [corporate website] and was arrested in 2008 by Russian Interior … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma [official website, in Russian], on Friday unanimously approved a ban on the adoption of orphans by foreign same-sex couples and single foreign nationals who reside in countries where same-sex marriage is legal. The bill will need approval from the upper house and … [read more]


Student Commentary
10 May 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Shubin Nikita, Russian State University for the Humanities, Law Faculty, explores a new amendment to Russian law affecting non-commercial organizations...On November 21, 2012, Federal Law 121-FL came into force in Russia. This law works to amend various legislative acts, such as those regarding public associations, non-profit organizations … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Monday began preliminary hearings in the posthumous trial against Russian whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky [JURIST news archive]. This case marks the first time that Russia will carry out a legal proceeding [AFP report] against a deceased person. During the hearing, the judge is expected to … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Monday ordered a trial to begin next month against deceased whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky [JURIST news archive]. Magnitsky, who died in prison in 2009, was a lawyer for the Hermitage Capital Fund [corporate website] and was arrested in 2008 by Russian Interior Ministry [official website, … [read more]


Student Commentary
8 Feb 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Brittany Giusini, Widener University School of Law Class of 2014, discusses the negative impacts of the recent Russian ban on US-based adoptions...On January 14, 2013, Russia denied a petition, effectively preventing US citizens from adopting Russian children. Several commentators submit the ban is a response to US … [read more]


Academic Commentary
5 Feb 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says that the upcoming prosecution of Sergei Magnitsky by the Russian government is an unprecedented violation of rule of law principles...Over the past year I have been writing about the first prosecution of a dead man during the modern … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jan 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Monday postponed the preliminary hearing for the posthumous trial of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky's defense lawyer was appointed by the court after his family and lawyers refused to attend the trial, claiming the charges against Magnitsky were politically motivated [Reuters report]. Magnitsky was jailed … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Monday rejected a petition challenging a recently passed bill that would prohibit US citizens from adopting Russian children. The petition asked [RIA Novosti report] the government to lift the controversial ban. A Russian newspaper company, Novaya Gazeta [media website, in … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Thursday said [RIA Novosti report] that Russia will delay the enforcement of the ban of the adoption of Russian children by US citizens until January 2014. As a result, Russia will continue to honor … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2012
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Friday acquitted prison doctor Dmitry Kratov of all charges stemming from the death of whistleblowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009. A Russian judge found that there was no evidence [Al Jazeera report] showing a causal link between Kratov's negligence and Magnitsky's death. Dr. Kratov was … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] signed into law Friday a recently passed bill that would prohibit United States citizens from adopting Russian children. The legislation was unanimously passed this week [JURIST report] by the Council of Federation [official website], the upper house of … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] announced Thursday that he intends to sign a recently passed bill that would prohibit United States citizens from adopting Russian children. The legislation was unanimously passed this week [JURIST report] by the Council of Federation [official website], the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2012
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Russia's upper house of parliament the Council of Federation [official website] by a vote of 143 to 0 backed a bill on Wednesday prohibiting the adoption of Russian children by American parents. The bill called the Yakovlev initiative [Telegraph report] was named for Dima Yakovlev, a US adopted Russian … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2012
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The Russian state Duma [official website, in Russian] approved a bill on Friday banning Americans from adopting Russian children [RIA Novosti report]. The Duma later expanded the bill to include foreigners from all countries alleged to have violated Russians' rights. Human Rights Watch [official website] has urged the upper … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2012
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] signed legislation [HR 6156 materials] on Friday that normalizes US trade with Russia and places sanctions on any individual associated with violations of human rights in Russia. While the law eliminates Cold War era restrictions on trade that will allow better trade relations … [read more]


Legal News
3 Sep 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Russia's Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko [official website] asked the British government [press release] on Monday to confirm or deny the existence of a visa blacklist for Russian officials linked to the the 2009 death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky [JURIST news archive], after a British newspaper reported … [read more]


Academic Commentary
29 Jul 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor David Crane of Syracuse University College of Law says the actions of Vladimir Putin's regime against the life and legacy of deceased Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky threaten international progress in basic human rights and have attracted the ire of the US Congress, the European Union and individual … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill [S 1039 text] that would impose sanctions on Russian officials linked to the 2009 death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky [JURIST news archive]. The bill was approved [JURIST report] by a House committee earlier this … [read more]

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