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Prosecuting the Dead

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“Russia is sliding down a slippery slope into a criminal abyss,” writes David Crane, Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law. “The Magnitsky case only amplifies the distortion of the concept of freedom and democracy by the Putin regime.”

“Dissent at all levels is being quashed and legislation is being passed by a complacent Duma limiting freedom of expression and assembly. Thugs working in the Russian security services operate with impunity outside of the law — arresting, even killing, those who step forward in opposition,” Professor Crane states.

“Russia […] operates largely outside the norms of civilized society. Armed with “veto power” in the UN Security Council, and hence “protected from sanction,” Russia slides through recent history, a dangerous snake operating in the shadows and a lethal threat to the strides the international community has made in basic human rights,” he concludes.

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