European Court Urges Release Of Yukos Executive

The European Court of Human ‘rights ruled that Russia had violated the rights of jailed former Yukos vice president, Vasily Aleksanyan, who currently is suffering from cancer, tuberculosis and AIDs while in prison. The executive was originally jailed when then President Putin made a power grab to take over the company because its head was challenging Putin by threatening to run for public office. The Court said the Russian judiciary system had failed to provide “relevant and sufficient reasons” to prove the guilt of Alekanyan other than him being in the wrong place at the wrong time when Putin struck to destroy the company and take it over. The Human Rights court urged other “reasonable and less stringent” measures to deal with the possible guilt of the executive and noted the pre-trial detention has “lost any meaningful purpose.”

In Putin Russia, when the supreme ruler decides you are guilty it is perfectly reasonable to keep you in pre-trial detention for one or two years because it takes time to prove the guilt of someone who is innocence. The Russian judicial system has become a farce and Putin’s claims that an individual is guilty is merely a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.

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