Noted Russian Defense Lawyer Balks At Moscow Law School’s Tribute To Stalin

To Inform is to Influence

Russian defense attorney and legal scholar Genri Reznik (file photo)

Respected Russian defense attorney and legal scholar Genri Reznik has resigned from the faculty of the Moscow State Law Academy to protest the installation there of a plaque commemorating a 1924 speech by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

“On June 17, 1924, in this hall, Josef Vissarionovich Stalin delivered a report on the results of the 13th congress of the Russian Communist Party,” the plaque reads. The original plaque was placed on the site at the height of the Stalin-era cult of personality in 1949 and was dismantled in the early 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“The first thing the Bolshevik leader did was to bury the law,” Reznik wrote on his blog on the website of Ekho Moskvy. “Stalin embodies massive extrajudicial mechanisms and repressions, including personal summonses, two- and three-judge hearings, legalized torture, and the…

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