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04.08.20 Moscow Sisters Charged With Killing Father To Be Tried By Jury
Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
The high-profile case of two sisters accused of killing their father in Moscow in 2018 will be tried by jury, a procedure allowed under Russian law in the case of serious crimes, a Moscow court announced on August 3. The Moscow City Court ruled that the selection of the jury for the trial of Krestina and Angelina Khachaturyan will start on August 31. The court also rejected the defense's request to send the case back to prosecutors, and extended pretrial restrictions for the two sisters by another six months. Read more 
04.08.20 Russiaís Electoral Testing Ground
Meduza
In Russiaís Novosibirsk region, not one but two opposition groups are building up a serious challenge to the ruling party. One of them, the Communist Party (KPRF), is part of whatís known as the systemic opposition ó itís recognized by the Russian government and permitted to hold elected seats across the country. In fact, the KPRF currently controls Novosibirsk City Hall: Communist Mayor Anatoly Lokot is leading a push for the party to gain power region-wide. Meanwhile, a non-systemic opposition coalition called Novosibirsk 2020 is mounting a challenge without state recognition. Its leader, Sergey Boyko, is the head of Alexey Navalnyís local headquarters. Both groups have accused each other of working secretly with their dominant rival United Russia, led by Governor Andrey Travnikov. Read more 
04.08.20 Polish Regulator Imposes $57 Mln Penalty On Gazprom Over Nord Stream 2 Investigation
TASS
The penalty is due to the Russian gas giant's failure to cooperate in the investigation conducted in relation to construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, according to Polandís UOKiK. Polandís Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has imposed a penalty of around $57 mln on Russiaís top gas producer Gazprom for failure to cooperate in the investigation conducted in relation to construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the regulator said in a statement on Monday. Read more 
04.08.20 Moscow City Court Overturns Sentences Handed Down To Soccer Players Mamaev, Kokorin
Interfax
The Moscow City Court has overturned the sentences handed down to soccer players Pavel Mamaev and Alexander Kokorin in a case involving brawling and hooliganism. According to the appeal sentence, the court definitively sentenced Mamaev to community service for a year, acquitting him of hooliganism, an Interfax correspondent reported. Kokorin, in turn, was sentenced to year and six months in a general-security penal colony, as in the sentence handed down by the first instance court. Read more 
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