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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
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
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]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Russian appellate court on Tuesday upheld the 3.5 year prison sentences of lead opposition activist Alexei Navalny [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] and his brother, Oleg Navalny. Both brothers were sentenced [JURIST report] last December, fined 500,000 rubles (USD $8,500) and ordered to together pay 4.4 … [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
18 Jul 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ordered [judgment] Russia to pay damages in the amount of €16,000 (USD $22,000) within the next three months for placing defendants in metal cages during trial. This is the first case involving the use of cages in Russian … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Judge Anna Nekryach of the Babushkinsky district court [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny [JURIST news archive] guilty of slander. A Moscow City Duma Deputy, Aleksei Lisovenko filed the lawsuit [RFE/RL report] after Navalny allegedly posed about Lisovenko on his Twitter account [personal account, … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] A Russian court in Moscow on Friday fined opposition leader Alexei Navalny [BBC profile] 10,000 rubles (USD $275) for participation in an unsanctioned public gathering. Navanly was charged after chanting anti-police statements [RFE/RL report] outside of the courthouse last week. In February a Moscow court ordered Navalny on house … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Moscow's Basmanny District Court on Friday sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to two months of house arrest. Navalny is also banned [Reuters report] from using communication devices or the Internet. Navalny has been a harsh critic of President Vladimir Putin [official website, in … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A municipal court in Russia on Tuesday sentenced several prominent Russian opposition leaders, including Aleksei Navalny [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive], to jail sentences of up to 10 days for participating in a rally near the Kremlin on Monday. More than 400 protesters were detained [NYT report] … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Russian court on Monday sentenced seven anti-Putin protesters to up to four years in prison for rioting and inciting violence against police at a 2012 protest. The protesters were arrested [Guardian report] the night before Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his third term as president. At the protest in … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Moscow's Zamoskvoretksy District Court convicted eight anti-Kremlin protesters on Friday of rioting and violence against police at a protest in 2012. The protestors were arrested [UK Guardian report] the night before Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his third term as president. At the protest in 2012, police cut off access … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A Moscow court ruled Tuesday that the Russian government can seize the assets of Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin. Charges for theft and money laundering were filed [Reuters report] last month against Navalny and his brother. No trial date has been set, but the penalties … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin [press release] to extend preliminary reforms of the judicial system of the Russian Federation in order to strengthen the independence and impartiality of the judiciary. The announcement includes the findings of an investigation [report, PDF] into … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] A Russian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the embezzlement conviction of Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's chief political opponent, but suspended his five-year jail sentence, allowing him to walk free. Navalny was sentenced [JURIST report] to five years for embezzling 16 million roubles (USD $500,000) from a timber firm … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] Russia's constitutional order is being threatened by the current government practices, according to an open letter [text, in Russian] signed by more than 50 of Russia's leading legal experts on Tuesday. The letter accuses the government [CSM report] of systematic rights abuses and efforts to silence political opponents and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Russian political activist and lawyer Alexei Navalny [BBC profile] was freed from jail on Friday, less than 24 hours after he was sentenced [JURIST report] to five years for embezzling 16 million rubles (USD $500,000). Navalny and his co-defendant, Petr Ofitserovon, were freed pending appeal on the condition that … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A Russian court on Thursday sentenced political activist and lawyer Alexei Navalny [BBC profile] to five years in prison for embezzling USD $500,000 from a state-owned timber company. Navalny, a strong critic of President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian] and a crusader against alleged governmental corruption, declared that … [read more]

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