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Week-ending 15 October 2010

Fedotov to head  Human Rights Council

FSB reports 301killed in North Caucasus

Prosecutors in Yukos trial talk of ‘milder’ sentence

Court ruling in Aleksei Gaskarov case

Retrial in Irkutsk driving death case

Man dies after alleged torture

Protestors arrested

Bribes increase in size

Blogger on ministry tender

Electoral violations reported
Human Rights Council
Mikhail Fedotov, a secretary of the Union of Journalists of Russia, was appointed (12/10) chair of the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights. (Kommersant, 13/10)

North Caucasus
On 12/10 FSB director Aleksandr Bortnikov said the FSB has killed 301 Islamist militants in the North Caucasus this year and arrested 468 others. (The Moscow Times, 12/10)

The Courts
In the trial of former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his partner Platon Lebedev at Moscow's Khamovnichesky District Court, on 14/10 prosecutors said they would request a milder sentence for the accused. (The Moscow Times, 15/10)

On 15/10 Moscow region court quashed an earlier decision by Khimki court to prolong the pretrial detention of Aleksei Gaskarov. The court returned the case to Khimki court. On 8/10 Moscow region court had taken a similar decision in relation to Maksim Solopov. (, 15/10)

Irkutsk Regional Court on 14/10 ordered a retrial in the case of a local election official’s daughter who was convicted of killing a pedestrian in a traffic accident in December but had her sentence postponed for 14 years. (Moscow Times, 15/10)

Police Abuse
A 28-year-old in St Petersburg died in a city hospital after he had alleged tortured in a police station on 1/10. (, 15/10)

Right of Assembly
Dozens of protestors were arrested during a Day of Anger demonstration on 12/10 in central Moscow including organizers Sergei Udaltsov and Lev Ponomarev. (, 12/10)

The size of the average bribe in Russia has surged by a third this year, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said on 13/10. (The Moscow Times 14/10)

Prominent lawyer and anti-corruption activist, Aleksei Navalny, posted details on his blog of a tender by the Health and Social Development Ministry seeking bids to build a networking website for doctors within 16 days costing no more than 55 million rubles ($1.8 million). (The Moscow Times, 12/10)

The number of voting violations reported by observers in the regional and local elections that took place in 77 Russian regions on 10/10 far exceeded those reported during the elections last March. (Kommersant, 11/10)
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18 Oct 2010, 01:47