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The Khodorkovsky-Ulitskaya correspondence

Ludmila Ulitskaya  Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, sits in prison. Ludmila Ulitskaya, one of Russia's finest novelists, started writing to him. The two have never met, but their correspondence, just published by Novaya Gazeta, is making waves. The novelist asks questions he has probably never been asked before. Khodorkovsky answers with astonishing frankness. The letters make gripping reading.

Legal Nihilism in Russia

In May 2008 the newly-elected President Medvedev, himself a lawyer, promised legal reform in Russia, but there are few signs of it as yet, says Bill Bowring

The Vyatlag Archipelago

Vyatka colony cell 

Penal colonies are still holding thousands of prisoners in the Kirov Oblast, reports Ekaterina Lushnikova in this latest in our series of Letters from Russia

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

Russia and its Death Penalty

Russia's  moratorium on the use of the death penalty was introduced in 1996.  It should now be ended as it keeps the issue of capital punishment alive. The time has come for Moscow to act decisively and abolish it.   Experience shows that once abolition becomes permanent, support for capital punishment among politicians and the public begins to subside.

Chronicle of a Pyrhhic victory

How Lev Usyskin got booked in his car for an offence he didn't commit, how he took the traffic police to court and what he learned about Russian justice from the experience
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