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Week-ending 9 November 2012



Requests to ban websites 

Over 180 websites blocked

Kashin beating not resolved 

Ura.ru editor charged 


Librarian fined over ‘extremist’ book 


Nationalists’ March 


Slow investigation – long detention 

Confession renounced 

Luzyanin gets 4.5 years 


Alternative Report 



Dmitrievsky’s home attacked 

Fedotov denounces compromising video
Freedom of expression 
The Communications Ministry was inundated with more than 5,000 requests to ban various websites on 1/1, the day a new Internet restriction law took effect. (The Moscow Times, 6/11) 

Russia's telecoms watchdog, Roskomnadzor, has blacklisted over 180 websites for offensive content. Access to these sites within Russia will now be blocked. (RIA Novosti, 9/11) 

On 6/11, the second anniversary of a brutal beating that left him in a coma, journalist Oleg Kashin said he would appeal to the European Court of Human Rights by year's end after Russian authorities failed to make any arrests. (The Moscow Times, 7/11)

On 7/11 Aksana Panova, editor of independent Ekaterinburg news agency Ura.ru was charged with blackmail, in what critics say is a campaign by authorities to pressure the popular local website. (The Moscow Times, 8/11) 

A librarian from the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk was convicted of disseminating banned books and fined 2,000 rubles ($63), regional police said on 9/11. (RIA Novosti, 9/11) 

Right of assembly
On 4/11, police in the Russian capital said some 6,000 people participated in a march of nationalists to mark National Unity Day. (RFE/RL, 4/11) 

The pace of the investigation into 19 people suspected of participating in violence at a May protest rally has raised concerns about the effect that extended pretrial detention has on suspects' health. (The Moscow Times, 6/11) 

In court on 7/11 jailed activist Leonid Razvozzhayev rescinded his confession to plotting mass riots. (The Moscow Times, 8/11)

On 9/11 a Moscow court sentenced Maksim Luzyanin, the first of 17 people detained during a May 6 protest rally, to 4 1/2 years in jail. (The Moscow Times, 11/11) 

Torture 
On 8/11 Russian rights defenders presented their Alternative Report to the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva on torture in Russia. (HRO.org, 9/11) 

Human rights defenders
On 4/11 in Nizhny Novgorod the home of human rights defender Stanislav Dmitrievsky was attacked. (HRO.org, 9/11)

Presidential Human Rights Council
On 8/11 head of the presidential human rights council Mikhail Fedotov said a video showing his car allegedly breaking traffic laws was an attempt to pressure him. (The Moscow Times, 9/11)
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11 Nov 2012, 12:01
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