Sergei Magnitsky

Posted July 20th, 2012 at 7:02 am (UTC+0)
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FILE – This Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 file photo shows a portrait of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in jail, as it is held by his mother Nataliya Magnitskaya, as she speaks during an exclusive interview with the AP in Moscow. Russia’s top investigative body says Monday, April 9, 2012, it’s dropped charges against a jail doctor in a high-profile prison death case. Sergei Magnitsky was imprisoned for tax evasion in 2008 and died of untreated pancreatitis in Nov. 2009. Magnitsky’s death was seen as a litmus case for President Dmitry Medvedev’s pledge to cement rule of law in Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

James Brooke
James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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