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Russia senator quits over citizenship scandal

A Russian senator submitted his resignation on Tuesday after a leading opposition anti-corruption crusader accused him of having property abroad and holding Israeli citizenship under a Hebrew name. Vitaly Malkin, a member of Russia's upper house, the Federation Council, disputed the charge, saying he had renounced his passport in 2007 after a law was passed in 2006 banning state officials from having dual nationality.

Russian judge refuses to halt trial of dead lawyer

A Russian judge on Friday refused to halt the controversial posthumous trial of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky for tax evasion, days after Russia closed a probe into the circumstances of his prison death. "The court has the right to examine the case against the dead man, including with the aims of rehabilitating him," judge Igor Alisov said in Moscow's Tverskoi district court, the RAPSI legal news agency reported.

Russian judge rejects challenge against dead lawyer's trial

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A court-appointed defence lawyer tried to scuttle the posthumous trial of Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky on Friday, saying the state had no right to prosecute a dead man without the consent of his family. But the judge rejected the lawyer's challenge, paving the way for a trial that is seen by President Vladimir Putin's critics as politically motivated and intended to discredit fraud accusations made by Magnitsky, who died in jail in 2009.

Russia drops probe into whistleblowing lawyer's death

Russian investigators on Tuesday dropped their probe into the death in custody of a whistleblowing attorney whose case soured relations between Moscow and Washington. The investigators said they had no evidence to confirm claims that Sergei Magnitsky had died in 2009 at the age of 37 from beatings by prison officials. "Based on the preliminary investigation's results, a decision was taken to end the criminal case due to a lack of evidence of a crime," the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Russia drops probe into whistleblowing lawyer's death

Russian investigators on Tuesday dropped their probe into the death in custody of a whistleblowing attorney whose case soured relations between Moscow and Washington. The investigators said they had no evidence to confirm claims that Sergei Magnitsky had died in 2009 at the age of 37 from beatings by prison officials. "Based on the preliminary investigation's results, a decision was taken to end the criminal case due to a lack of evidence of a crime," the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Russia closes investigation into whistleblower's death

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has closed an investigation into the death in custody of a whistleblower lawyer because it has found no evidence of foul play, federal investigators said on Tuesday. Lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died in 2009 while awaiting trial on charges of tax evasion and fraud that were similar to accusations he had made against police and tax officials. The case has damaged ties between Russia and the United States.

Russia drops probe into whistleblowing lawyer's death

Russian investigators on Tuesday dropped their investigation into the 2009 death in jail of a whistleblowing attorney whose case led to a crisis in relations between Russia and the United States. The investigators said they had no evidence that Sergei Magnitsky died at the age of 37 from beatings by prison staff, as his family and US-born former employer William Browder claim. "Based on the preliminary investigation's results, a decision was taken to end the criminal case due to a lack of evidence of a crime," the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Russia drops probe into whistleblowing lawyer's death

Russian investigators on Tuesday dropped their investigation into the 2009 death in jail of a whistleblowing attorney whose case led to a crisis in relations between Russia and the United States. The investigators said in a statement they had no evidence that Sergei Magnitsky died from custodians' beatings at the age of 37 as his family and former US-born employer Bill Browder claim. "Based on the preliminary investigation's results, a decision was taken to end the criminal case due to a lack of evidence of a crime," the Investigative Committee said.

UPDATE 1-Trial of dead Russian whistleblower delayed

* Rights groups see trial as travesty of Russian justice * Judge delays trial until March 22 after defence request * Magnitsky case causes U.S.-Russian friction (Adds background, quotes and details) By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW, March 11 (Reuters) - Russia attempted but failed on Monday to start the trial of dead lawyer Sergei Magnitsky - a case that critics say the Kremlin is pursuing to discredit his allegations of embezzlement by government officials.

Russia adjourns dead lawyer trial to March 22

A Moscow court on Monday adjourned the tax evasion trial of dead Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky until March 22, after opening the process in defiance of criticism from his family and the West. The trial of Magnitsky -- whose 2009 death lead to a crisis in relations with the United States -- got underway at the Tverskoi district court but was almost immediately adjourned by the judge.
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