Support The Moscow Times!

Judge Fired After Accepting Putin Impeachment Lawsuit

A Russian judge has been fired after accepting a lawsuit calling for the dismissal of President Vladimir Putin, the Slon news website reported on Friday.

Tatyana Leskina, from the Saratov Regional Court of Arbitration, received the case on April 7, according to a website for Saratov court employees.

The fact that she had been stripped of her position was also announced on the court’s website.

Local resident, Nikolai Suvorov, wrote in a letter to the court that Putin is “an enemy of the state … for his plunder of Russia and impoverishment of the Russian people.”

The petition was dismissed the following day on grounds that such matters were not under the court's jurisdiction.

Numerous Moscow courts have rejected repeated lawsuits filed by opposition leader Alexei Navalny accusing the president of corruption.

Courts of Arbitration can only hear cases regarding economic disputes and other matters related to business, the Interfax news agency reported.

The court's statement also said that they were unable to interfere with the activities of the Russian president, who has immunity under the Russian Constitution, Chapter 4, Article 91.

Impeachment of the Russian president can be carried out by the Federation Council only on the basis of charges of high treason or some other grave crime confirmed by a ruling of the Russian Supreme Court, according to the constitution.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more