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Russian Director Serebrennikov Freed From House Arrest

April 8, 2019           |                                       

A Moscow court has ordered the release of theater director Kirill Serebrennikov and two associates from house arrest. The three are on trial in an embezzlement case they claim is politically motivated. In an April 8 ruling, the Moscow City Court also ordered Serebrennikov, producer Yury Itin, and former Culture Ministry employee Sofia Apfelbaum not […]

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American Charged As Spy In Russia Appealing Pretrial Detention Order

January 21, 2019           |                                       

The Moscow City Court says Paul Whelan, a U.S. citizen facing espionage charges in Russia, will attend a January 22 hearing in which he is appealing against his pretrial detention. “Whelan will be brought to the court to personally attend the court proceedings,” Moscow City Court spokeswoman Ulyana Solopova told Interfax on January 21. Russia’s […]

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Moscow Court Cuts Human Rights Lawyer Ponomaryov's Sentence To 16 Days

December 7, 2018           |                                       

MOSCOW — A Russian court has reduced the sentence of Lev Ponomaryov, a prominent human rights defender and critic of President Vladimir Putin, from 25 days to 16 days in jail for organizing a protest against the arrests of activists — drawing strong criticism from campaigners. In a December 7 ruling, Moscow’s City Court said […]

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Russian Olympic Committee Appeals Moscow Court Ruling On Doping

December 6, 2018           |                                       

MOSCOW — The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has appealed a Moscow court ruling which sought to overturn the doping disqualification of a Russian athlete who had won two gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. On November 21, the Moscow City Court ruled that bobsledder Aleksandr Zubkov could keep his medals because a Court […]

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Moscow Court Orders Bad Driving Activist Group Closed — Again

September 21, 2018           |                                       

A Moscow court has again ordered the closure of a Russian activist group renowned for its efforts to stop bad driving in the country. The September 21 ruling by the Moscow City Court came after an appeal from the Justice Ministry, which had accused the group, known as StopKham, of “gross violations of the law.” […]

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Moscow Court Upholds Navalny's 30-Day Jail Sentence

September 5, 2018           |                                       

An appeals court has upheld the 30-day jail sentence handed down to opposition activist Aleksei Navalny for what Russian authorities say were violations of the law on public gatherings and protests. Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, wrote on Twitter on September 5 that the Moscow City Court rejected Navalny’s appeal. Navalny was sentenced on August 27, […]

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Moscow Court Sentences Ukrainian Journalist To 12 Years In Prison For Espionage

June 4, 2018           |                                       

A Russian court has sentenced Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko to 12 years in prison after convicting him of spying in a case that Kyiv and rights activists say is politically motivated. At a June 4 hearing, the Moscow City Court found Sushchenko guilty of espionage and sentenced him to 12 years in a strict-regime prison. […]

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