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Russia puts a dead man on trial

MOSCOW — Russia took the unusual step of attempting to put a dead man on trial Monday, when it initiated posthumous proceedings against Sergei Magnitsky, the whistle-blowing lawyer who died three years ago in a Moscow jail cell.

The effort to prosecute — postponed when Magnitsky’s legal team refused to participate — stoked tensions in a case that has damaged Russia’s image abroad and strained relations with the United States.

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