The Moscow City Court sentenced two men to life in prison for the 2006 murder of investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya, a critic of President Vladimir Putin who chronicled rights abuses in Chechnya.
Russia’s jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky financed some human rights experts, who later said his second conviction should be overturned, Interfax said, citing Vladimir Markin, spokesman for the country’s Investigative Committee.
Hermitage Capital Management Ltd., a $1.2 billion hedge fund firm, is urging countries in Europe and North America to sanction Russian officials implicated in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow jail.
Russia charged 14 Greenpeace activists with piracy over the boarding of an oil platform to protest Arctic drilling in what the group described as its worst crisis since the 1985 bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.
Russia extended the detention of Greenpeace activists for up to two months as it presses piracy charges against 30 campaigners for seeking to board an Arctic oil platform, a move the organization says will spark an international outcry.