Informal alliances between prosecutors and judges contribute to the repressive sentencing that is characteristic of Russia's criminal justice. The underlying factor is that the prosecutor's career depends on his or her conviction rate, while the judge usually seeks to avoid appeals, according to Alexander Libman, André Schulz, and Vladimir Kozlov.
On January 20, the case of the schoolboy from Alaska was studied carefully at the HSE Faculty of Law students’ case club. It seems that Frederick’s freedom of speech had been violated. Without that important social topic the case might have been treated as insignificant.