Fresh from the Washington Post:
The judge, Yevgeny Zubov, had ordered the trial closed a day earlier, saying members of the jury had refused to participate if reporters were allowed in the courtroom. But a man who identified himself as one of the jurors stepped forward Thursday and disputed the judge’s explanation.
“None of us demanded in any categorical form that the press must not attend. I can definitely say that,” the juror, Yevgeny Kolesov, said in remarks broadcast on Ekho Moskvy radio station. Kolesov, a roofer, said that a court official had tried several times to persuade the jury to sign a statement requesting a closed trial but that the jurors all refused.
What a brave, brave person.