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Fairness Report Released: Trial Monitoring of Russian Federation vs. Svetlana Prokopyeva

The Clooney Foundation for Justice's TrialWatch initiative monitored the criminal trial of journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva in Russia. On July 6, 2020, Prokopyeva was convicted of “justifying terrorism” for a radio broadcast that commented critically on Russia’s repressive political climate and its effect on a teenager who detonated a bomb at a local office of Russia’s Federal Security Service in the city of Arkhangelsk. Ms. Prokopyeva’s trial was characterized by serious violations of international standards that both affected the trial’s outcome and undermined freedom of speech in Russia: the court violated Ms. Prokopyeva’s right to be presumed innocent, her right to obtain the attendance and examination of witnesses, her right to an impartial, independent, and competent tribunal, and her right to a duly reasoned judgment in order to facilitate the ability to appeal. Lawyers at the international law firm Covington & Burling LLP assigned this trial a grade of "D".

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