Domestic ShowTrial in Russia
This is a post to highlight a domestic ShowTrial. They happen.
False arrests are extremely common in ShowTrials, especially in countries with corrupt legal systems. In Russia we have seen young people imprisoned for extended periods of time after having been rounded up on the street, without trial or access to the evidence against them. Evidence can often be distorted or falsified to exacerbate sentences and support false charges. The political motivation to curtail demonstrations evidently drives this ShowTrial, and similar political motives underlie other instances of ShowTrials.