Judge of the Moscow City Court (2013 - to date)
SKURIDINA, Irina Anatolyevna (b. 1980) was a judge of the Basmanny District Court of Moscow from 2008 to 2013. On July 26, 2013, by decree of Vladimir Putin, she was promoted to a judge of the Moscow City Court. Opposition activists have known judge Skuridina since 2008 when she examined 15 cases of participants in the March of Dissent in two days, sentencing twelve of them to administrative arrest and three of them to fines. Later, Skuridina refused to satisfy Ksenia Sobchak's complaint. Sobchak demanded to return her €1.5 million confiscated as “material evidence” as well as her passport for travel: the judge found the investigation’s argument convincing that this money could be used to finance the riots. Judge Irina Skuridina also took part in the Bolotnaya Square case.
Carrying out political repression using her official position.
Besides sentencing participants of the March of Dissent to administrative arrests and fines in 2008, she also took part in the Bolotnaya Square case. It was the criminal persecution of opposition activists who got into clashes with police after a deliberate police provocation during an opposition rally on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow on May 6, 2012.
On July 26, 2012, she ruled to arrest Nikolai Kavkazsky until September 25. On the same day, she refused to satisfy Ksenia Sobchak's complaint. Sobchak demanded to return her €1.5 million confiscated as “material evidence” during a search under the Bolotnaya Square case. On August 6, 2012, she extended the arrest of Stepan Zimin until November 6. On August 9, 2012, she extended the arrest of Artyom Savelov until November 6. On September 19, 2012, she rejected three complaints in the case of Artyom Savelov. On October 18, 2012, she ruled to arrest Konstantin Lebedev until December 16. On October 19, 2012, she ruled to arrest Sergei Krivov until December 19. On October 29, 2012, she extended the arrest of Vladimir Akimenkov until March 6, despite information about his serious vision deterioration. She also extended the arrests of Yaroslav Belousov and Alexei Polikhovich until March 6. On November 1, 2012, she extended the arrest of Alexandra Dukhanina until March 6, 2013. On April 29, 2013, she ruled to arrest Aleksey Gaskarov until June 28. On May 5, 2013, she extended the arrest of Alexander Margolin until August 6. On June 25, 2013, she extended the detention of Alexei Gaskarov until October 6.