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Week-ending 12 October 2012

Putin pressure alleged

Sentence suspended

Rumours of split denied 

Call for closure of gay clubs


Attack on gay club 

Hearing postponed in  Madonna suit

Anna Politkovskaya remembered

No progress alleged 

Call to overturn plea bargain

Chaika orders investigation

Opposition plan two-day rally
Pussy Riot 
Violetta Volkova, a lawyer acting on behalf of Pussy Riot, said words spoken by Putin about Pussy Riot in the NTV broadcast on 7/10 was pressure on the appeal court. (, 9/10) 

An appeal court gave Pussy Riot member Ekaterina Samutsevich a two-year suspended sentence, but upheld the prison sentences given to Maria Alekhina (Alyokhina) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. (, 10/10)

Ekaterina Samutsevich, the recently freed member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, denied rumours of a split within the trio who stood trial and vowed to continue her opposition to President Vladimir Putin. (The Independent, 12/10)

LGBT rights 
On 8/10 the People's Council, a nationalist Orthodox organization, called for the closure of all gay clubs in Moscow. (The Moscow Times, 9/10) 

Applicants to a program for aspiring business leaders organized by outdoor-goods retailer Expedition, have been told ‘gays and lesbians need not apply’. (The Moscow Times, 11/10)

A violent attack on a gay-friendly club in Moscow took place on 11/10. (Human Rights Watch, 12/10)

A St. Petersburg court postponed a hearing into a $10 million lawsuit against Madonna filed by antigay activists after the singer supported gay rights at a concert in the city. (RFE/RL, 11/10)

Anna Politkovskaya 
On 7/10, a picket was held at Moscow's Novopushkinsky Square in memory of Anna Politkovskaya, murdered six years ago in the entrance to her apartment building. (, 7/10) 

Anna Politkovskaya’s son Ilya Politkovsky said no tangible progress had been made in establishing the identity of the murderer of the Novaya Gazeta journalist. (, 8/10)

Vera Politkovskaya and Ilya Politkovsky, the children of Anna Politkovskaya, called for a plea bargain investigators made with suspect Dmitry Pavliuchenkov to be overturned. (, 9/10)

Sergei Udaltsov 
Prosecutor General Yury Chaika ordered an investigation into claims in a television expose that oppositionist Sergei Udaltsov received funding from Georgia. (The Moscow Times, 8/10) 

On 9/10 Sergei Udaltsov said a two-day rally on 20-21/10 in support of the online election of an opposition leadership council would proceed on Pushkin Square despite a refusal by City Hall to give official permission. (The Moscow Times, 10/10)
Rights in Russia,
15 Oct 2012, 01:16