INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Tuesday 28th December 2010: We look at Russian and international papers expressing dismay over the guilty verdict in former Yukos boss Khodorovsky's trial in Moscow yesterday. Also, were Neanderthal's culinary geniuses and socialists?! Finally, how to change Auntie Mildred's dreadful Christmas gifts without her ever finding out.
“Khodorkovsky Guilty, Plans Appeal,” says The Moscow Times. The paper notes that hopes for a liberalization of the country’s judicial climate were dashed by the decision of a
One of Khodorovsky’s lead defense attorneys, Yuri Schmidt, writes a piece in today’s International Herald Tribune / New York Times. Schmidt confirms that there will be an appeal in the Yukos case but admits that in a politically controlled court system such an appeal may be doomed. He speaks about the possibility of a presidential pardon by Medvedev before he leaves office in 2012. “Let this decision be the last time that Russians cringe when they look at their system of justice,” he concludes.
We also take a look at an interview with French researcher Marie Mandras in Libération. She attended the trial and explains why she thinks Khodorovsky is being persecuted.
Also in today’s international papers:
The Guardian: “Outfoxed: Hunting vote put on ice”
The Guardian: “Return to Santa – the unwanted present you never got”