Altaigate: “Not guilty” verdict in ’09 helicopter poaching incident

The cynical among us would say it’s a surprise the case was even filed, let alone went to trial and reached a verdict. Russian officials cleared of poaching charges 23 May 2011 KOSH-AGACH (Altai Republic), May 23 (RIA Novosti) A court in southern Siberia’s Altai Republic on Monday acquitted three high-ranking officials whose hunting of…

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Using libel laws to suppress dissent in Altai

Sergei Mikhailov has been VERY outspoken in his criticisms of corruption and the government’s handling of the January 2009 helicopter crash in Altai. The government, Berdnikov in particular, is not happy.

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