Jens Siegert on the acquittal of Oleg Orlov

posted 15 Jun 2011, 06:35 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Jun 2011, 07:04 ]
Judge Danilkin in the Khodorkovsky trial found no way out. Judge Morozova in the Orlov trial has at least tried.
 
"This trial shows again that Russian judges, especially in the lower courts, are poor devils. Either they rule according to the law, in which case they can get into serious trouble with ‘those above’. Or they rule against the law. And then in some cases (though far too rarely) they are punished by their own conscience or their professional pride. Judge Danilkin in the Khodorkovsky trial found no way out. Judge Morozova in the Orlov trial has at least tried.
 
To be fair, however, one must admit that, with all due respect to the courage, commitment and steadfastness of my friend Oleg Orlov, the Khodorkovsky trial was that much more important, and the pressure on Judge Danilkin must have been incomparably greater. One view of him sitting at his bench in the courtroom was enough to tell you so."
 
- from: Jens Siegert, ‘Oleg Orlow vom Vorwurf der Verleumdung Ramsan Kadyrows überraschend freigesprochen’, Russland-Blog Heinrich Böll Stiftung, 14 June 2011
 
Jens Siegert lives in Moscow and is director of the Moscow office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, a foundation closely linked to the German Green Party.
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