Despite pleading for clemency by Ukrainians with ties to Vladimir Putin, Russian courts have extended the arrest of Ukrainian seamen captured in the Kerch Strait late last year. TAI recently sat down with Ilya Novikov, a human rights lawyer representing one of the captive sailors, to talk about the case—and about how Russia’s corrupt legal system functions. Our thanks to the Free Russia Foundation for organizing the interview.
On December 23, TAI Founding Editor Adam Garfinkle spoke with former U.S. Senator Gary Hart about the movie The Front Runner, a dramatization of his “hell week” during May 1987. Below is a lightly edited transcript of that conversation.