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Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

Russia's Federation Council [official website, in Russian] on Wednesday announced [statement, PDF, in Russian; press release, in Russian] it plans to add 12 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to a list of groups that will be investigated for undermining the government. The so-called "patriotic stop-list" includes [RT report] National Democratic Institute for … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Russian President Vladmir Putin [official website] signed a law on Sunday that allows for foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or firms deemed "undesirable" on national security grounds to be sanctioned and banned from operation within the country. Further, the term undesirable is open to interpretation and not specifically defined within … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 May 2015
by Larry Eaker of American University of Paris

JURIST Guest Columnist Larry Eaker of the American University of Paris discusses the EU's position on the Ukraine Crisis ... "United in Diversity"—The Official EU Motto The sweeping expansion of the EU over the past 20 years has seemed to hit its limits—at least for the immediate future. After absorbing … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Wednesday declined authorities' request to convert opposition activist Aleksei Navalny's [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] suspended sentence into a prison term. Navalny is a Russian opposition activist and blogger who was given a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence after being convicted in December of fraud. … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] on Thursday released its observational findings [press release] on human rights abuses in Russia [text], concluding that Russia must repeal laws that limit free speech and permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and race. The report noted significant violations of the 1976 … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] signed a treaty Wednesday to tighten control [AP report] over the South Ossetia [BBC profile] breakaway region. The treaty calls for full integration of the South Ossetia economy and military into Russia's. The treaty further makes it easier for citizens to gain Russian … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] An EU official said [press release] Monday that the EU remains committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will stand by its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The EU continues to consider Russia's "referendum" and their annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol as illegal and a … [read more]


Legal News
8 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Five men appeared in a Moscow courtroom Sunday for charges relating to the murder of liberal Russian political activist and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov [BBC profile]. Nemstov was shot in the back four times [BBC report] on a bridge near the Kremlin before the unidentified shooter fled … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] on Thursday convicted a Russian police officer of treason for spying for the US and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Roman Ushakov was found guilty [AP report] of giving classified information from the Russian Interior Ministry to the CIA … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Thursday was handed a 15-day prison sentence for distributing leaflets attempting to publicize an "anti-crisis" demonstration that is planned to take place March 1. As Navalny was escorted out of the courthouse after given his sentence, … [read more]


Student Commentary
12 Feb 2015
by Anastasia Konina of University of Pittsburgh School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Anastasia Konina, an LL.M student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, discusses how due process rights should be applied in the case of consumer online dispute resolution...Recent years have witnessed the increasing privatization of enforcement institutions in several areas of European law, including consumer law. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday rejected [decision; press release] a complaint filed by Yevgeny Dzhugashvili against the Russian Novaya Gazeta [media website] newspaper for allegedly committing libel against his grandfather, Josef Stalin. The case concerns two articles published by the opposition newspaper regarding … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Jan 2015
by Victor Kattan of National University of Singapore Law Faculty

JURIST Guest Columnist Victor Kattan of the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, discusses the reasons for and consequences of Palestine's accession to the ICC and considers possible scenarios for developments around the Palestine question...Israel's decision to delay transferring Palestinian customs and excise revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in response … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court announced an early verdict on Tuesday, giving opposition activist Alexei Navalny [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] a suspended sentence of 3.5 years for embezzlement, and ordering him to stay under house arrest until the sentence takes effect. The court also sentenced [RT report] … [read more]


Legal News
4 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] Russian president Vladimir Putin [BBC backgrounder] to veto a series of amendments that would severely limit the freedom of the media. The new amendments seek to limit foreign involvement in Russian media by prohibiting any foreign entity from owning … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Ukrainian state prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have opened a criminal investigation against Russian law enforcement agency the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation [official website], accusing it of supporting separatist and "terrorist" groups in the east of the country. The investigation follows the announcement of a similar investigation … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Sep 2014
by William Partlett of Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist William Partlett, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses recent reforms to Russia's judicial system ... Russia is well known for having poor rule of law. Recent empirical research, however, suggests [PDF] that this reputation is not completely justified. This research suggests that … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Vladimir Yevtushenkov [Forbes profile], Sistema's [official website] chairman and largest shareholder, was placed on house arrest Tuesday after being accused of money laundering. Yevtushenkov is one of Russia's richest men and is estimated by Forbes to be worth approximately USD $4.5 billion. Sistema insists that the charges are baseless, … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The World Health Organization (WHO) [official website] on Tuesday called for strict regulation [text, PDF] of electronic cigarettes, including a ban on the usage of the devices in public places and advertising targeting minors. The report, which will be debated by member states in October in Moscow, states [NYT … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Vladimir Putin [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] on Wednesday banned all imports of agricultural products from the US and fruit and vegetables from Europe. The ban, which could last up to one year, was a tactical response to countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia for its support [BBC … [read more]

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