Judge of the Moscow City Court. Before her appointment to the Moscow City Court, she was a judge of the Leninsky District Court of Novosibirsk.
Carrying out political repression using her official position.
Judge Zhigaleva began her judicial career decently. On April 24, 2009, Judge Zhigaleva, the presiding judge in the Leninsky District Court of Novosibirsk, refused to detain American businessman Eric Shogren, although the investigator insisted on this measure. The owner of the New York Pizza holding, Shogren, and the company's top manager Evgenia Golovkova, were released on bail.
However, later, already working in the Moscow City Court, Zhigaleva left Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian director held as a prisoner of war, in custody. On the Internet, one can find negative reviews of the work of this judge, in which she is called the “real servant of the system,” which is not interested in litigation.
On October 17, 2019, Zhigaleva refused to satisfy the appeal against the verdict of Yevgeny Kovalenko, the defendant in the Moscow case, who received three and a half years in prison. According to investigators, Kovalenko threw the garbage can at the National Guard officer and pushed the policeman during the rally on July 27; he pleaded not guilty and insisted that he tried to protect the protesters from being beaten by the security forces. It took the judge only 5 minutes to make a decision. During the examination of the appeal, Zhigaleva argued with the defendant’s lawyer, whom she interrupted and refused to listen to his arguments. As a result, the lawyer was forced to challenge both the judge and the prosecutor, who during the meeting said that he “did not really understand what was happening there.”