Published: 1 Dec 2009

Allegations of politically-motivated abuses of the criminal justice system in CoE member states


In June 2009, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe published a report into allegations of politically-motivated abuse of the criminal justice system in for member states: the UK, France, Germany and Russia. Of these, Russia was found to suffer from the most severe political abuse, with prominent examples including the Yukos case and the slow investigation into the murder of Anna Politkovskaya. However, there are also signs that the situation may be improving somewhat, including the enactment of measures designed to safeguard the independence of the judiciary.

This article outlines the findings of the report relating to Russia in greater depth. To read it, and to access the text of the full report, click on the link below.