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Week-ending 5 October 2012



Lokshina threatened 


Call for democracy

Single voting day



Appeal delayed


Artists questioned



Working group wants  to block sites 

University bans Shenderovich 

Call to ban under-18s from public Wi-Fi 

OSCE’s Mijatović in Moscow 

Film banned 


CoM criticizes Russia on Gay Prides 

Homophobic law complaint rejected 


New ECtHR judge 
Human rights defenders 
On 4/10 Human Rights Watch said its senior Russia researcher Tanya Lokshina had been the victim of threats. (HRW, 4/10) 

Electoral rights
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe urged President Putin to “democratise the system”. (PACE, 2/10) 

On 3/10 President Putin signed a law introducing a single voting day elections; the Central Elections Commission proposed new restrictions at polling stations. (The Moscow Times, 4/10)

Pussy Riot 
On 1/10 the hearing of an appeal by three Pussy Riot members against their two-year prisons was delayed when Ekaterina Samutsevich fired her lawyer. (The Moscow Times, 2/10 

On 2/10 investigators said they were questioning two artists who organized a Pro-Pussy Riot art show in Moscow on suspicion of inciting religious hatred. (The Moscow Times, 3/10) 

Media rights 
The working group defining the rules to accompany the law restricting Internet content decided to press for blocking whole websites rather than Web pages. (The Moscow Times, 1/10) 

Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics blocked the website of well-known satirist writer Viktor Shenderovich, declaring it to be extremist. (HRO.org, 3/10)

The Communications and Press Ministry proposed banning people under 18 from using Wi-Fi networks in public. (The Moscow Times, 5/10) 

On 4/10 the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, discussed with high-level Russian officials safety of journalists, Internet freedom, media legislation and ways to enhance co-operation with her office. (OSCE, 4/10) 

Moscow City Court ruled that the film Innocence of Muslims be banned on grounds of extremism. (RFE/RL, 7/10) 

LGBT rights 
The executive body of the Council of Europe said the Russian authorities are not abiding by the decision of the European Court in the case of Alekseyev v Russia. (HRO.org, 1/10) 

On 3/10 Russia’s Supreme Court rejected a complaint over St. Petersburg’s law banning propaganda of homosexuality among minors. (RIA Novosti, 3/10)

European Court of Human Rights 
On 2/10 Dmitry Dedov was elected the new Russian judge at the European Court of Human Rights. (HRO.org, 3/10)
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