Less than 24 hours after Alexei Navalny, corruption fighter and President Vladimir Putin’s fierce opponent, was handcuffed and led away to serve a five- year prison sentence, he was free again to run for mayor of Moscow. Guessing at the reasons for the turnaround has become the Moscow political community’s favorite game in recent days, showing that no one really understands the workings of the nation’s Byzantine government.
The Russian government plans to investigate a decade of unsolved crimes in two southern regions after the murders of 12 people focused attention on allegations that local officials aided a gang terrorizing the region.
The three members of the female punk group Pussy Riot set out merely to protest the return to power of President Vladimir Putin. Now, their show trial is threatening to become a turning point in Russian history.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ordered an investigation into explosions at a Siberian coal mine run by OAO Raspadskaya that killed at least 52 people, saying the whole industry will need to learn lessons from the disaster.
Russia plans to try William Browder, head of London-based Hermitage Capital Management Ltd., for tax evasion, along with Sergei Magnitsky, the fund’s lawyer who died in custody in 2009, RIA Novosti said.
Russian authorities plan to formally charge Hermitage Capital Management Ltd. founder William Browder with tax evasion as a possible step toward requesting his extradition from the U.K., an official said.