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Russia adjourns dead lawyer trial to March 22

A Moscow court on Monday put dead Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky on trial for tax evasion in defiance of his family's complaints it was "desecrating" his memory, but swiftly adjourned the process to March 22. After several preliminary hearings earlier this year, the trial proper got underway at the Tverskoi district court but the judge quickly adjourned the hearing to give the court-appointed defence more time to prepare. The tiny courtroom was crammed with journalists who barely had any room to stand while the cage that usually holds defendants stood symbolically empty.

Russia postpones start of trial of dead lawyer

MOSCOW, March 11 (Reuters) - A Russian court on Monday postponed until March 22 the start of the posthumous trial of a whistleblowing lawyer which human rights groups says is politically motivated and absurd. Judge Igor Alisov announced the delay after no legal team showed up to defend Sergei Magnitsky at Moscow's Tverskoy Court, more than three years after he died in custody.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Dead Russian lawyer's trial opened, adjourned to March 22

A Moscow court on Monday opened the posthumous tax evasion trial against dead lawyer Sergei Magnitsky but swiftly adjourned the next hearing until March 22 to give the defence more time to prepare. Magnitsky's family is boycotting the trial in protest at what they see as a legal absurdity but the judge at the Tverskoi district court agreed more time was needed to allow the court-appointed defence lawyers to prepare their case. ma-sjw/zak/lc

Russia puts dead lawyer Magnitsky on trial

A Moscow court was Monday to open the posthumous tax evasion trial against Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, in defiance of anger over trying a man whose prison death in 2009 sparked an international outcry. After several preliminary hearings earlier this year, the trial proper was due to get underway at 0700 GMT at the Tverskoi district court in Moscow with the prosecution outlining its case.

Russia puts dead whistleblower on trial

* First ever posthumous trial in Russia * Labelled "absurd" by relatives * Magnitsky's death became symbol of rights abuses * Case has dented U.S.-Russian relations By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW, March 10 (Reuters) - A whistleblowing Russian lawyer whose death in custody became a symbol of rights abuses and strained relations with the United States will go on posthumous trial on Monday in what relatives say is revenge by the Kremlin.

Russia charges fund boss Browder over Gazprom deals

By Douglas Busvine MOSCOW, March 7 (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday filed fraud charges against William Browder, head of London-based investment fund Hermitage Capital Management, over dealings a decade ago in shares in state gas firm Gazprom. The charges were filed before Browder was due to be tried on Monday in absentia, along with Hermitage's dead lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, in a separate tax evasion case that has stoked tensions between Moscow and the West.

Russian TV calls Magnitsky boss 'spy tainted by death'

A Kremlin-run channel has aired a programme attacking the US-born former employer of dead lawyer Sergei Magnitsky for allegedly working for the British secret service and standing to gain from the "mysterious" deaths of his employees. NTV television's assault on Hermitage Capital co-founder Bill Browder -- whose firm was once the biggest foreign investor in Russia -- came a day after police accused him of stealing $70 million in Gazprom stock. Browder told AFP the programme showed "such a bunch of slanderous nonsense it doesn't even dignify a response."

Russia to charge investment fund boss Browder over Gazprom deals

* Browder calls fraud allegation an "absurdity" * Lawyer Magnitsky faces posthumous prosecution * Cases stoke friction between Russia and the West By Douglas Busvine MOSCOW, March 5 (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it would file criminal charges against William Browder, the head of a London-based investment fund, broadening a judicial offensive in a case that has already caused friction between Moscow and the United States.

Russia to charge boss of lawyer in posthumous trial

Moscow police said on Tuesday they would press fresh charges against the US employer of a Russian whistleblowing attorney who died in prison but is still facing an unprecedented posthumous trial for tax evasion. The new claim against Hermitage Capital investment fund founder William Browder came a day after a Moscow court set March 11 as the date for the posthumous trial -- the first of its kind in Russia -- of his former accountant Sergei Magnitsky.

Russia to charge boss of lawyer in posthumous trial

Moscow police said Tuesday they would press new charges against the US employer of a Russian whistleblowing attorney who died in jail and is now facing an unprecedented tax evasion trial. The charges against Hermitage Capital investment fund founder William Browder came a day after a Moscow court set March 11 as the trial date for his former accountant Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky died in prison in 2009 less than a year after being arrested upon revealing a $230-million fraud scheme allegedly run by senior Russian interior ministry and tax officials.
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