Russia’s rubber-stamp courts play starring role in Kremlin crackdown

The rush to prosecute supporters of Alexei Navalny highlights problems in the country’s judicial system

22 February 2021 - 20:31 By Max Seddon

As editor of news website Mediazona, Sergei Smirnov built a reputation covering grotesque tales from Russia’s judicial system.

So when police arrested him this month as he was out for a walk with his young son and then charged him with “inciting illegal [anti-government] demonstrations” by retweeting a joke about himself, the editor was hardly surprised...

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