TOP LEGAL EVENTS OF LAST WEEK
Traitors can be recognized as anyone who disagrees with the government's policy. Any dissension is considered to be extremism. Denunciations are introducing the current times. This all describes Russia in 2023, which is slowly approaching Stalinist justice. The cyclicality of history finds its reflection in Article 58 of the Code (1926): "Counter-revolutionary actions include any actions aimed at overthrowing, undermining or weakening the power ... of the governments of the USSR ... spying, disclosing military or state secrets, defecting to the enemy, fleeing or flying abroad are punished by - supreme criminal punishment - shooting with confiscation of all property".
Moscow City Court sentenced opposition politician, journalist, and publicist Vladimir Kara-Murza to 25 years in a strict regime colony. He was accused of spreading "fakes" about the Russian army, participating in activities of an "undesirable organization" and high treason.
The State Duma approved amendments to life sentences for high treason. The State Duma of the Russian Federation has approved amendments that imply a life sentence for high treason.
A noticeable increase in accusations of high treason happened in 2023 in Russia. This happened after President Vladimir Putin called for active opposition to attempts by "traitors" to "split and weaken our society". The number of criminal cases under Article "High Treason" in Russia during the first three months of 2023 was almost equal to the number of cases initiated throughout 2022.
Putin will be provided with "protection" from the decisions of international bodies. The State Duma has adopted amendments that endow the head of state with powers to protect citizens of Russia in case of adoption of decisions, by foreign or international bodies, which are contrary to Russian legislation. Amendments were developed in response to an ICC order in The Hague for the arrest of President Vladimir Putin.