Associated Press
FILE - This Wednesday Sept. 3, 2008 file photo shows the statue of Oliver Cromwell during a ceremony to mark the 350th anniversary of his death as Lord Protector of England in 1658, outside the Palace of Westminster, in central London. Even though Sergei Magnitsky died more than three years ago, he is to go on trial next month in a Russian court. The whistleblowing lawyer died in jail in 2009 after being arrested on charges of tax fraud -- the same fraud in which he alleged Interior Ministry officials had a hand. The plan to bring a dead man to trial adds to the harsh international criticism heaped on Russia over the matter. The court proceedings set to start Feb. 18, 2013 echo some other posthumous trials, such as the case of Oliver Cromwell. As a towering figure in 17th century England, Cromwell attracted wide enmity -- signing the death warrant for King Charles I, taking harsh measures against Catholics and demonstrating brutal military brilliance. The resentment was such that although he never faced trial dead or alive, he did suffer posthumous execution. In 1661, after royalists returned to power, Cromwell’s corpse was exhumed, decapitated and the head displayed on a pole for years thereafter. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, Pool, File)

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