On April 17, the Russian Supreme Court confirmed the acquittal of Alexander Nikitin on charges of high treason and disclosure of state secrets. The St. Petersburg City Court had acquitted Nikitin on December 29, 1999 based on the Russian Constitution's prohibition of criminal prosecutions under secret and retroactive legislation. Nikitin was charged for his work as co-author of the Bellona Foundation report on nuclear safety and contamination problems in the Russian Northern Fleet. The Bellona Foundation hailed the Supreme Court's action as a victory not only for Nikitin but also for the rule of law. IALANA-Germany observed the trial in St. Petersburg and gave its first Whistleblowing Award to Nikitin on November 12, 1999.