Legal Hooliganism in Russia | Freedom House

Legal Hooliganism in Russia

On September 29, Freedom House and the U.S. Helsinki Commission held a joint briefing led by Congressman Alcee L. Hastings on the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former Russian oil tycoon who has spent seven years in prison, the victim of a high level political vendetta. The briefing featured Vadim Klyuvgant, lead defense attorney in the case, who stressed the importance of US and international support for justice.  The clear disregard for the rule of law in the case undermines the authenticity of the Russian Government’s pledges to continue with democratic and human rights reforms. 

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