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About Maryana Torocheshnikova

Journalist of the Moscow office of the Liberty (Svoboda) Radio. Specialises in human rights cases and judicial affairs.

Articles by Maryana Torocheshnikova

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

What is Strategy 31?

For the last 12 months Russian cities have witnessed regular demonstrations to protest restrictions on the right to assemble enshrined in Article 31 in Russia’s Constitution. 31 May was no exception in Moscow, with particularly brutal police involvement. Strategy-31 is spreading: will the authorities crack down even further or will they have to compromise? First published: April 26.

Animals in the Courtroom

Ex-Yukos bosses Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev stand accused of a crime that even prosecutors are finding difficult to define, writes Mariana Toroschesnikova. Now foreigners are beggining to understand the real danger in Russia lies not in wild bears roaming its streets but in wild prosecutors ruling the courts.

Khodorkovsky and Lebedev on trial - again











Few believed that a second Khodorkovsky trial would actually happen, but it is. Maryana Torocheshnikova is sitting through the surreal twists and turns

Politkovskaya’s murder: solved or fudged?

The trial of the alleged killers of Anna Politkovskaya, murdered in October 2006, has been underway in Moscow since November 2008. In this revealing account of the trial so far, Maryana Torocheshnikova considers whether those responsible have walked free.

(This article was first published 29 January 2009)

Who Killed Markelov & Baburova?

As a prominent human rights lawyer, Stanislav Markelov, murdered along with Anastasia Baburova on 19 January, had many enemies. Maryana Torocheshnikova considers who had an interest in their death, and concludes that in Russia today it is dangerous to stand out from the crowd
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