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Legal nihilism in action
The Yukos-Khodorkovsky trial in Moscow

Otto Luchterhandt

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The conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev as white-collar criminals will go down in twenty-first-century Russian history as an extraordinary scandal of justice. As accomplices of a now all-powerful presidential administration, the Prosecutor General's Office and the courts fabricated a criminal case, during which basic principles of legality were systematically and cynically violated. Russia's defeat before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg is inevitable.

(Web Special, pp. 1–29)

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