Today, the Russian parliament finally approved the use of house arrest for those accused of not-so-serious crimes, like economic ones. Not that they would have put him there since they were probably holding him in horrible conditions to squeeze out information, but the news comes exactly a month too late for lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.
Magnitsky, a lawyer representing Hermitage Capital in its fight with the Kremlin over some fairly insane behavior, died on November 16 under mysterious circumstances. He had been held in prison for 11 months in a squalid, over-crowded cell…for tax evasion.
Alanis Morissette, add a verse.