Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian President Criticizes Judicial System

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev criticized the country’s judicial system, in particular harsh punishments for economic crimes.
“It would be wrong to narrow the situation in the sphere of justice down to the issue of Khodorkovsky and Lebedev alone. We need to look at the practice of using criminal legislation on economic crimes, … there are businessmen in Russia who committed minor crimes but were imprisoned for 10-15 years.

Medvedev called for a wider use of fines as punishment for crimes not related to violence. He also said that judges should not perceive the maximum possible punishment for crimes as the only option.

In April 2010, Medvedev signed into law amendments to legislation on economic crimes intended to increase the use of bail for suspects awaiting trial and halt the abuse of the system, where officials attempt to pressure suspects by keeping them in pretrial detention for extended periods.
Judges should be treated with respect but not be completely immune from any control of their activity.

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