A Russian Dreyfus Affair

No secret file is being used to secure a guilty verdict. The proceedings are held in open court, not in camera. Yet the trial of Colonel Yuri Budanov in the city of Rostov-on-Don on charges of kidnapping, raping and murdering an 18 year old Chechen girl named Elsa Kungaeva contains echoes of the notorious Dreyfus affair that divided France a century ago.