February 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure into law Monday expanding the reasons for which non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can be subject to unscheduled audits, or "snap inspections." These reasons include allegations of extremism and suspected violations of the law, and the ...[read more]
February 24, 2014
by Addison Morris
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 the night before Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his third term as president. At the protest in 2012, ...[read more]
February 21, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
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 the night before Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his third term as president. At the protest in 2012, police cut off ...[read more]
December 20, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Friday pardoning former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and releasing him from prison. Khodorkovsky has already spent over a decade in prison for fraud, theft and money laundering. In a statement posted on his website, Khodorkovsky said he had ...[read more]
December 10, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich stated on Tuesday at a televised round-table discussion that a working group is likely to return to Brussels to continue talks on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, a planned trade pact with the EU. Yanukovich's earlier decision to abandon the trade pact was ...[read more]
November 12, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
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 last month against Navalny and his brother. No trial date has been set, but the penalties include up to ...[read more]
November 12, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
The Council of Europe on Tuesday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin 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 into the ...[read more]
October 16, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
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 to five years for embezzling 16 million roubles (USD $500,000) ...[read more]
July 18, 2013
by Max Slater
A Russian court on Thursday sentenced political activist and lawyer Alexei Navalny to five years in prison for embezzling USD $500,000 from a state-owned timber company. Navalny, a strong critic of President Vladimir Putin and a crusader against alleged governmental corruption, declared that the ...[read more]
June 30, 2013
by Blake Lynch
Russia President Vladimir Putin on Sunday signed into law a bill banning the promotion of "homosexual propaganda" among minors. The law also imposes fines of up to 5,000 rubles ($166) and creates the power to suspend legal entities for 90 days for citizens who disseminate information suggesting ...[read more]

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