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]
June 22, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, on Friday unanimously approved a ban on the adoption of orphans by foreign same-sex couples and single foreign nationals who reside in countries where same-sex marriage is legal. The bill will need approval from the upper house and President Vladimir ...[read more]
June 13, 2013
by G. Redd
The Russian State Duma on Tuesday approveda bill that would criminalize the dissemination of materials supporting "non-traditional sexual relations" by a vote of 436-0, with one abstention. There are 450 seats in the lower parliamentary house, and critics believe this is a move towards reinforcing ...[read more]
May 29, 2013
by Endia Vereen
A Russian court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot against their sentence for a protest against Vladimir Putin. Last year the group was convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and sentenced to two years in prison. Moscow City Court ...[read more]
April 25, 2013
by Blake Lynch
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday criticized for limiting freedom of speech since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency. HRW's report calls the restrictive laws "unprecedented" in Russia's post-Soviet history. Amnesty International's report focused on the multiple ...[read more]

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