The Political And Economic Results In July 2013
In July 2013, Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny was sentenced to fi ve years in prison. It appears, however, that he would be allowed – on procedural grounds, since no appeal hearing has been held yet – to run for mayor in mayoral elections in Moscow on September 8, 2013. A combination of Kremlin’s decision to allow Navalny to run for mayor in the election and demonstration of the likelihood of his real imprisonment has made the upcoming Moscow mayoral elections highly politicized, boosted social activity, and may well result in problems for S. Sobyanin. With regard to the Navalny case itself, putting aside ethic ambiguity of the story about a timber trading company controlled by a friendly governor, it is technically another notorious confirmation of the fact that any business in Russia might just as well be criminalized through subjective evaluation of the ‘fair value’ by law enforcement authorities and courts. RAS (Russian Academy of Science) reform has been delayed as expected: the academic society has managed to come to President Putin’s attention and gain certain concessions from him.
Volume (Year): (2013)
Issue (Month): 8 (August)
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