WHAT: A construction project at a mysterious Siberian resort exposed a hot-water main and threatened a remote village’s heating supply during cold temperatures in early 2008. Mayor Tatyana Kazakova sued and demanded a criminal investigation. The investigation only targeted Kazakova.
WHY: It turned out that the resort belongs to the FSB, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB secret police. Masked agents with automatic weapons raided the homes of Kazakova’s associates. More than 250 witnesses were interrogated, and 67 thick volumes of evidence were amassed.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The FSB arrested Kazakova and held her in a jail 400 miles away for 2½ years. She was pressured to confess to bogus corruption charges and denied all contact with her fiance, mother and three children. Her trial is finally being held.