President Dmitry Medvedev’s failed attempt to rein in Russia’s notorious pretrial detention system illustrates the limits of the government’s ability to control a vast bureaucracy that has other interests.
Natalia Gulevich, an office building developer, before her imprisonment. Gulevich, 52, has been in prison for 11 months, ostensibly because of an unpaid bank loan. Her lawyers say the real reason is that corporate raiders are trying to seize buildings she owns. Courtesy of the Gulevich family Buy Photo