Malicious Intent
  Russian Federation

*This article is an updated version of the original piece published here on 20 July. A week later, the events unfolded in an unexpected manner. The Russian government is testing new criminal…

Russia’s Supreme Court Upholds Constitutional Court Ruling, Frees Prisoner Convicted for Protesting
  Russian Federation

Criminal conviction and jail time for violating protest regulations can apply only to protesters who pose real threat to other people’s lives or property, the Constitutional Court ruled. Human rights advocates feared that implementation of the Court’s ruling would depend heavily on politics, but in a largely unexpected turn the Supreme Court ordered to release Russia’s first prisoner convicted for protesting, cancelling his sentence