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Council of Europe on the Nikitin case: Panel of judges will not be impartial

Publish date: October 6, 1998

Written by: Runar Forseth

The Council of Europe's Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights warns that the procedure chosen for the Nikitin trial

This very strong statement was brought forth by Erik Jurgens, rapporteur on legal affairs and human rights to the Council of Europe, in a letter to the president of the Russian supreme court, dated September 24. The currently chosen procedure appoints one professional judge and two lay jurors to hear the case, giving the FSB the possibility to choose the majority of the panel through its security clearance.

To alleviate the situation, which is prompted in part by there being too few qualified judges in Russia, Mr Jurgens proposes that the current configuration of the preceding panel is changed, so that it will constitute three professional judges instead of one judge and two lay jurors. Professional judges do not need FSB clearance according to Russian law.

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After years of inaction, Germany is working on its Carbon Management Strategy to resolve how CCS can play a role in climate action in industry. At the end of February, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action published first key points and a proposal to amend the law Kohlenstoffdioxid Speicherungsgesetz (KSpG). Bellona Deutschland, who was actively involved in the previous stakeholder dialogue submitted a statement in the association hearing.

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Bellona’s new working paper analyzes Russia’s big LNG ambitions the Arctic

In the midst of a global discussion on whether natural gas should be used as a transitional fuel and whether emissions from its extraction, production, transport and use are significantly less than those from other fossil fuels, Russia has developed ambitious plans to increase its own production of liquified natural gas (LNG) in the Arctic – a region with 75% of proven gas reserves in Russia – to raise its share in the international gas trade.