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Week-ending 22 October 2010

Novaya gazeta may be closed

Defamation ruling against Nemtsov quashed

Constitution quotes banned

Newsweek closes

ECtHR ruling on Gay Pride marches

Call to pull down fencing on Square

Call to limit size of protest rejected

14-year-sentence requested in Yukos case

Maltreatment of children alleged at monastery

Detainee dies in pre-trial detention 

Maksim Solopov released from pre-trial detention
Media rights
Sergei Sokolov, deputy to the editor-in-chief of Novaya gazeta has written that the newspaper may be closed because of a warning issued on 31/3 by the Federal Communications Inspectorate (Roskomnadzor) and confirmed by Moscow's Tagansky District Court in September 2010. (, 17/10)

The Moscow District Federal Arbitration Court quashed (21/10) a July ruling that ordered Boris Nemtsov to retract disputed passages in a 2009 booklet critical of ex-Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov and pay damages. (The Moscow Times, 22/10)

Moscow city authorities banned the display of advertisements that cited quotations from the Constitution. (, 19/10)

Newsweek's Russian edition ceased publication on 18/10 after the weekly failed to break even during nearly six years of publication. A Newsweek source complained the Kremlin had thwarted talks to sell to an investor. (The Moscow Times, 19/10)

Right of assembly
The European Court of Human Rights ruled (21/10) Russia violated rights of assembly and discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation in banning gay rights parades in Moscow. (The Moscow Times, 22/10)

Members of the Strategy-31 organizing committee called on Sergei Sobyanin to remove the fencing put up on Triumphal Square if appointed mayor of Moscow. (, 16/10)

Organizers of the Strategy-31 protests turned down a proposal by Moscow city authorities to hold a rally on 31/10 at Triumphal Square with a limited number of participants. (, 21/10)

Court cases/ Investigations
Prosecutors asked (22/10) for a 14-year prison sentence for former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in his second trial. The case is serving as a test of President Medvedev's commitment to the rule of law and legal reform. (Moscow Times, 22/10)

Prosecutors promised on 20/10 to investigate complaints by three teenage boarders at the Vladimir region's Svyato-Bogolyubsky Russian Orthodox Monastery that their teachers beat them and made them eat salt as punishment. (The Moscow Times, 21/10)

On the night of 16-17/10 detainee Natalia Khokhlova, who was seriously ill, died in the Matrosskaya Tishina pre-trial detention centre. (, 19/10)

On 18/10 Khimki town court freed activist Maksim Solopov, who is accused of organizing an attack by anarchists and anti-fascists on Khimki town administration building on 28 July, from pre-trial detention. (, 19/10)
Rights in Russia,
24 Oct 2010, 12:56