From Magnitsky to Navalny, and from opponents sequestered today in psychiatric wards to villagers long ago slaughtered and starved, being on the outs with Ruling Russia is risky business.
# U.S. Congressman James McGovern
, a Massachusetts Democrat, was one of the leading sponsors of legislation that mandated sanctions against Russians
implicated in the prosecution and death of whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. McGovern spoke to correspondent Richard Solash on the sidelines of a Washington reception held April 17 honoring the Magnitsky family
. Solash also spoke to Magnitsky's mother
, Natalia, about how she felt now that the "Magnitsky list" has become a reality.
# A former Russian trade union leader who got in trouble after exposing official corruption was recently held for several weeks in a psychiatric hospital. Correspondent Robert Coalson reports that this case and other similar developments have raised concern that prosecutors in Russia are returning to the notorious Soviet-era practice of using psychiatric treatment to punish dissent
or resolve business disputes.
# In an interview with the pro-Kremlin "Izvestia," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin appears to have admitted that the criminal case
against anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny is politically motivated
. Get the latest from Brian Whitmore's The Power Vertical
# Finally, in the category of Stupid Human Tricks: Russian comedian Ivan Urgant, who styles his popular television show after "Late Night With David Letterman," has publicly apologized
for likening the Soviet-era slaughter of Ukrainians to the chopping of vegetables. Correspondent Claire Bigg has the details.
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