Also by Zoya Svetova
February 24, 2009
The Mysterious Unanimity Of The Politkovskaya Verdict
Jurors last week acquitted three men who were charged with involvement in the murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya. But does this mean that they are innocent? No. And could the jury have returned a different verdict? Yes, if the jurors had been different. The unanimity of this acquittal can be explained not just by the lack of evidence against the accused but by the specifics of jury trials in Russia.