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Week-ending 30 November 2012

Kopeisk prison 

Alleged abuses at Kopeisk prison 

OMON reported injured 


Alleged brutality in Rostov prison 

Prison guards arrested 

Kashin fired 

Internet law 
to stay 

Pussy Riot video ‘extremist’

Intruders' banner at Memorial

MHG calls for donations 

Danilov released
The Interior Ministry said some 250 prisoners protested on the rooftops of Penal Colony No. 6 in Kopeisk, Chelyabinsk region, on 24/11 to demand a group of prisoners be released from a punishment cell. (RFE/RL, 26/11) 

According to the local Public Oversight Commission, prisoners at the Kopeisk prison complained of blackmail, abuse and numerous violations committed by prison staff. (, 26/11)

At least eight members of the Interior Ministry's special OMON police force were reported injured trying to restore order at prison No. 6 in Kopeisk. (RFE/RL, 26/11)

On 27/11 an official investigation got underway into protests by inmates at prison No.6 in Kopeisk. (The Moscow Times, 28/11)

A video appearing to show staff at a Rostov region prison punching and kicking one of their inmates has been unearthed by human rights campaigners. (BBC, 30/11)

Authorities arrested five serving and former prison guards from a prison in Rostov region for beating an inmate. (Euronews, 30/11) 

Freedom of expression 
On 26/11 Kommersant’s editor said he had fired opposition-minded journalist Oleg Kashin, a member of the opposition's Coordinating Council, for writing too much for other media and too little for his employer. (The Moscow Times, 27/11) 

On 27/11 the Federal Mass Media Inspection Service said it would not change the new Internet law allowing the blacklisting of websites containing information harmful to children, but promised to correct past mistakes. (The Moscow Times, 29/11) 

On 29/11 a Moscow city court declared Pussy Riot's “punk prayer” video extremist, meaning that media outlets can face closure for publishing the band's performance in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral. (The Moscow Times, 30/11)

Right of association 
On the night of 27-28/11 unidentified persons hung a banner with the words ‘Here Sits a Foreign Agent’ on Memorial’s office building in Moscow. (Memorial, 28/11) 

Moscow Helsinki Group has called for donations to support its human rights work in the wake of a new law requiring foreign-funded NGOs to register as foreign agents. (RFE/RL, 25/11) 

Valentin Danilov 
On 26/11 Valentin Danilov, convicted in 2004 on a trumped up charge of espionage for China, arrived by train in Novosibirsk having been released on parole from a Krasnoyarsk penal colony. (, 26/11)
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2 Dec 2012, 08:51