TOP LEGAL EVENTS OF THE LAST WEEK
The Kremlin continues to increase political pressure within the country. Authorities conduct "transparent" elections, profits of companies from unfriendly countries are blocked at the authorities' whim, and new national holidays are about to be introduced. All of this is a part of implementing a policy to build an internal system that simulates stability and economic growth. It is evident that the arrest of foreign assets will have a negative impact on the country's economy in the long term. The implementation of such a policy will inevitably lead to detrimental consequences, creating an illusion of prosperity while actually limiting the development of civil society.
$18 billion of foreign companies' profits are blocked in Russia. More than $18 billion of profits from companies from "unfriendly" countries remain blocked in Russia, according to the Financial Times. Raiffeisenbank (an Austrian group) reported the highest profit in Russia in 2022 - $2 billion. American companies Philip Morris and PepsiCo earned $775 million and $718 million, respectively.
The State Duma has decided to designate September 30 as a day of "reunification" with the occupied territories. The law was passed at the first plenary session, to establish a new "memorial date" for Russia on September 30 - the "Day of Reunification of the Donetsk People's Republic, Luhansk People's Republic, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson Oblasts with the Russian Federation."
So-called ‘multi-day voting’ is planned for the presidential elections in Russia 2024. The Kremlin faces a serious challenge having presidential elections amidst a protracted war. Stretching the voting over several days allows Kremlin to achieve the desired election outcome more reliably.
The FSB has initiated a case against the deliberate water poisoning. A resident of the Altai Krai poisoned the water intended for Russian servicemen. The man did it specifically for mobilized military personnel. Allegedly, he filmed the entire process and sent it to the "representatives of Ukraine".