EDITORIAL: The Russian Judicial Farce


The Russian Judicial Farce

One may think it outrageous, contemplating the cases of such as Galina Starovoitova, Anna Politikovskaya, Natalia Estemirova, Stanislav Markelov and Alexander Litvinkenko that no killer has ever been tried and sentenced for their murders, much less any mastermind who ordered the killings.  But one must reconsider when one considers the case of Ibragim Yevloyev.

Magomed Yevloyev

Ibragim Yevloyev was actually tried and convicted for the August 2008 murder of Magomed Yevloyev, the former publisher of the Ingushetiya.ru website, which was relentless in its criticism of the Putin puppet regime in Ingushetia.  The victim and killer shared the same last name but were not related.

Ibragim Yevloyev arrested Magomed Yevloyev at the airport in Nazran, Ingushetia, and while holding him in custody shot him in the head.  At the time, the Putin fanatics claimed that Magomed had tried to escape and grabbed Ibragim’s gun, ending up getting shot in the struggle.  Now, even the Kremlin has been forced to admit that was a brazen lie.

But the Kremlin always has Plan B, rigging the so-called Russian “justice” system.  Thus, Ibragim was sentenced to just two years in a minimum security facility for this killing following proceedings that Magomed’s lawyer called “a singular farce.” He warned:  “There was no trial. No one has been punished, neither the masterminds nor the perpetrators.  For Russia, the Yevloyev precedent will have great significance, because from this point onward there is a legal green light for anyone who kills a human rights worker.”

Two years for contract murder, with no time at all to the masterminds. Two years.  This is what passes for “justice” in the Russia of Vladimir Putin. It is in fact nothing more than the legitimization of state-sponsored political murder.

Let’s be clear: This sentence is three times longer than the one given to Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who wasn’t even accused of killing anyone, much less proven to have done so, and Khodorkovsky was sent to a tortuous hell-hole in Siberia, not the minimum security vacation spot that this killer is headed for.  It’s barbarism, pure and simple.

But despite the Kremlin’s best efforts, some truth will out. Once again, we have a confirmation even from the Kremlin itself that Russia’s police are worse than it’s criminals.  Not long ago we reported on one Russia cop’s serial murder rampage in a supermarket. In our last issue, we reported on the arrest of another copy after a serial rape binge.  And now yet another Russian cop is exposed as a contract killer.

No society can survive corruption this deep-seated and pervasive.  Instead of facing it, the Kremlin denies and rationalizes just like their Soviet ancestors, and the idiotic denizens of the country lap it all up like cream, just as they too did then. Not until Russia has at least a semblance of justice will it have any sort of hopeful future.

8 responses to “EDITORIAL: The Russian Judicial Farce

  1. Russia is weird but versatile.

    Where else in the world can a politician, an enforcement agent, a businessman and a contract killer all be the same person?

  2. “This verdict flouts justice and, given the tension reigning in Ingushetia, could add fuel to the flames,” Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.


  3. @Let’s be clear: This sentence is three times longer than the one given to Mikhail Khodorkovsky

    What? Khodorkovsky’s in prison for 6 years now.

  4. You shall have written ”shorter” in that sentence. Khodorkhovsky will sit longer than what this killer will.

  5. Slain Activist’s Relatives Killed in Car Blast


    Relatives of Maksharip Aushev, the slain Ingush opposition and human rights activist, were killed in a car that exploded outside Nazran after police opened fire on it.

    Wednesday’s explosion killed Aushev’s mother-in-law and brother-in-law, said Kaloi Akhilgov, a spokesman for the Ingush president.

    Two other people in the car, Aushev’s widow and another one of his brothers, were injured, Akhilgov told The Moscow Times on Thursday. He couldn’t identify any of the victims.

    The car was running on propane gas, which exploded when police fired at the car, Akhilgov said.

    He denied reports on Interfax and RIA-Novosti, which cited local police as saying the explosion was caused by a bomb in the car and that the dead included Aushev’s widow and adult son. The reports said the two injured people were Aushev’s adult son and daughter.

    Ingush police have said they opened fire after the car approached a checkpoint outside Nazran, made a U-turn, and sped away.

    Aushev, 43, who campaigned against abductions by security forces in Ingushetia, died at the wheel of his car after unknown assailants peppered it with bullets Oct. 25 in Kabardino-Balkaria.

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