Recent years in Russia have witnessed a series of politicized arrests and trials in Russia that have left the reputation of law and the courts in tatters. The widespread arrests of participants in anti-Putin protests in 2017, including the detention of organizer Alexei Navalny as he left his house, are only the latest examples. Navalny was also tried and convicted on embezzlement charges in 2014 as part of a series of high-profile cases, the outcomes of which were generally thought to be preordained by the Kremlin. It followed the convictions of the members of Pussy Riot for their anti-Putin stunt in a Moscow cathedral in 2012, and the fraud conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky for tax evasion and fraud in 2005 and subsequent dismantling of his oil company, Yukos.
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