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Russian Judge Resigns After Agreeing To Hear Case Against Putin

  • RFE/RL

A Russian judge who agreed to accept a lawsuit filed against Russian President Vladimir Putin has abruptly resigned.

Judicial authorities in the country’s Saratov region said on April 15 that they had accepted the resignation submitted by Tatyana Leskina.

Last week, Leskina formally agreed to hear a lawsuit filed by a private citizen of the Saratov region, Nikolai Suvorov, who demanded Putin's resignation on the grounds he was an “enemy of the nation,” responsible for “impoverishing the Russian people."

Leskina is a veteran judge with 20 years of experience in the Russian judiciary.

She originally scheduled hearings to begin on April 28, but later retracted that, citing presidential immunity granted under the Russian Constitution.

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