TOP LEGAL EVENTS OF THE LAST WEEK
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe unanimously adopted a resolution calling on member states to "recognize Vladimir Putin as illegitimate after the end of his current presidential term" in 2024. The Assembly also urges Council of Europe member states to cease all contact with Putin, except for humanitarian purposes and in the interest of achieving peace. The Assembly emphasized that Vladimir Putin has been in power as a president or prime minister since the year 2000. Amendments to the Russian Constitution, introduced in July 2020, extended his potential presidency until 2036, which raises concerns about the lack of checks and balances. This, combined with growing repression against domestic opponents and Russia's actions in Ukraine, highlights the cost of uncontrolled presidential power.
PACE has declared Russia a dictatorship and called on to recognize Putin as illegitimate. PACE has called on member states of the Council to recognize Vladimir Putin as illegitimate after the end of his current presidential term and declared Russia a dictatorship.
The lawyers of Alexei Navalny have been arrested on charges of "extremism". The attorneys have been detained, accused of participating in an "extremist community" and arrested for two months.
Moscow City Court refused to release Strelkov (Girkin) from pretrial detention. The court deemed the extension of his arrest until December 18 lawful. Strelkov, a former leader of Russian paramilitary formations in Donbas, is facing charges related to incitement of extremist activities.
Mark Feigin has been declared wanted in Russia. The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has put out a search warrant for the former lawyer and opposition politician Mark Feigin (recognized by the authorities of the Russian Federation as a "foreign agent"). The corresponding profile with Feigin's information appeared in the ministry's wanted database on Monday.