Russian President Vladimir Putin has promoted a judge who presided over the landmark trial and conviction of whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky after Magnistky died in police custody.
Hermitage Capital, the investment fund that employed Magnitsky, released information on October 25 from the Kremlin website showing Judge Igor Alisov was promoted from the Tverskoi district court to the Moscow City Court.
The August 29 decree promoting Alisov came just one month after Alisov became the first person in Russia to preside over the trial of a dead man.
"This looks like Judge Alisov's payback for selling his soul to Vladimir Putin," Hermitage Capital said in a statement.
Magnitsky, a lawyer for Hermitage Capital, died under torturous jail conditions in 2009 after exposing a massive scheme by Russian officials to defraud the government.
Judge Alisov also exonerated all the officials Magnitsky implicated in embezzling $230 million.