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Week-ending 28 May 2010

EU Commissioner discusses Magnitsky case in Moscow

Top Obama advisor discusses Magnitsky case in Moscow

Bail refusal in Trifonova case ruled unlawful

Rally organizers in appeal

Court rejects defamation suit against Gryzlov

Kasyanov says YUKOS trial politically motivated

Illegal detention, torture, disappearance

Amnesty criticizes Russia in annual report

Memorial to Sakharov planned

Russia-US Civil Society Working Group meets
Pre-trial detention
European Union Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom questioned Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev and Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov on 26/5 about the death in custody of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. (The Moscow Times, 27/5)

Michael McFaul, Special Assistant to the US President and a Senior Director at the National Security Council discussed the Magnitsky case at a session of the Russia-US Working Group on Civil Society in Moscow on 27/5. (, 28/5)

The Presidium of Moscow Region Court ruled on 26/5 that the refusal to release on bail Vera Trifonova, who subsequently died in detention, was unlawful. (, 26/5)

Freedom of assembly
Ludmila Alekseeva (Moscow Helsinki Group), Eduard Limonov (National Bolsheviks) and Konstantin Kosyakin (Left Front) appealed to the presidential administration to permit the monthly rallies in support of freedom of assembly. (, 25/5)

Media rights
A Moscow court on 25/5 threw out a defamation suit filed by Vedomosti against Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov for accusing the paper of siding with terrorists responsible for the Moscow metro bombings of 29/3. (The Moscow Times, 26/5)

YUKOS case
At the YUKOS trial, former PM Mikhail Kasyanov said on 24/5 that then-President Vladimir Putin indicated to him the prosecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky was because the latter had funded the Communist Party. (The Moscow Times, 25/5)
European Court of Human Rights
On 27/5 the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the case of Khutsayev and Others v Russia that Russia was guilty of illegal detention, torture and subsequent disappearance in relation to individuals from Gekhi, Chechnya. (, 27/5

Amnesty report
President Dmitry Medvedev has failed to protect human rights defenders, Amnesty International said on 26/5 in its annual global report on rights abuses. (The Moscow Times, 27/5)

Sakharov memorial
An initiative group announced that a memorial to Andrei Sakharov will be put up in Moscow. (, 22/5)

Russia-US Civil Society Working Group
The US-Russia Civil Society Working Group of the U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission, met on 27/5, visiting Prison No. 2 in the city of Vladimir. (The Mosow Times, 28/5)
Rights in Russia,
30 May 2010, 16:41