DODONOVA, Tatiana Stanislavovna is a Judge of the Moscow City Court from February 2, 2013. She was a Judge of the Butyrsky District Court from November 17, 2008. There is not much publicly available information on Judge Dodonova. These are mainly reports of her participation in several political trials: the Bolotnaya Square case, the Yves Rocher case against Alexei Navalny, and a new one, the Moscow case.
Carrying out political repressions using her official position.
Judge Dodonova is not among the well-known Russian judges. However, even those rare references that can be found about her are worthy of attention, since they relate to rather high-profile, political trials and cases.
Dodonova participated in several political trials. On November 27, 2014, she, as the chairman of the Moscow City Court’s board, upheld the sentence for the convicted defendants of the Bolotnaya Square case Alexander Margolin, Alexei Gaskarov and Ilya Gushchin. At the same time, Dodonova ignored the defense’s numerous arguments, both about extenuating circumstances regarding the defendants (for example, Margolin’s minor children and seriously ill parents and Gaskarov’s poor health), as well as about numerous violations committed in the trial court. Judge Dodonova also rejected numerous motions by the defense side, for example, to attach the opinion of a specialist in tactical and special actions, the opinion of a psychologist and a socio-humanitarian study of Gaskarov’s personality, the report of human rights activists on the events of May 6 on Bolotnaya Square. Thereby, she violated the principle of competitiveness of the parties by not giving the defense the right to fully present evidence at the court.
On December 2, 2014, Judge Dodonova upheld the decision on the house arrest of one of the Russian opposition leaders Alexei Navalny in the politically motivated Yves Rocher case.
During the Moscow Case, i.e., the criminal persecution of the participants of rallies against a ban of independent candidates to run in the election to the Moscow City Duma, Dodonova upheld the detention for activists Sergey Abanichev and Yegor Zhukov.
Judge Dodonova is a typical example of an observant judge under Putin, who dutifully fulfills the demands of her superiors ignoring the requirements of law and morality. Like insensitive robots, they make their decisions, not paying attention to the evidence of defense, the truth of the defendants and their suffering caused by bondage and separation from relatives. In future free Russia, there will be no place for such judges as Tatiana Dodonova. The upcoming lustration will cleanse the judicial system of Russia from all judges who have become obedient cogs of the mechanism of political repression.