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Week-ending 19 October 2012

Charges in Bolotnaya cases

Hospital denied 

Udaltsov investigated

Udaltsov’s aide charged over riots

Voting for opposition Council 

Pussy Riot set for penal colony

Pussy Riot goes to ECtHR 

Blogger gets asylum

No explanation

Plea bargain to stand

Five charged over killing

Golos reports fraud

Moscow Muslims not Muscovites?
Political opposition 
On 15/10 the Investigative Committee charged Maksim Luzyanin with violence and riot at the 6/5 rally and said Mikhail Kosenko needed psychiatric treatment. (The Moscow Times, 16/10) 

Left Front activist Oleg Prudnikov on hunger strike in detention since 12/10 was refused hospitalisation. (, 16/10) 

On 17/10 investigators opened a criminal case against opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov and other activists on suspicion of plotting riots. (The Moscow Times, 18/10) 

On 18/10 a Moscow court formally charged Konstantin Lebedev, an aide to opposition Left Front movement leader Sergei Udaltsov, with plotting to organize mass riots and ordered he be held in custody until at least 16/12. (RFE/RL, 18/10)

As of 19/10, more than 150,000 people had registered for the vote set for 20-21/10 to choose a 45-member opposition Co-ordination Council. (BBC, 19/10) 

Freedom of speech 
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina lost their appeal to serve their sentence in Moscow. (RFE/RL, 16/10) 

Pussy Riot member Ekaterina Samutsevich has lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights on grounds her arrest violated Article 10 (freedom of speech).” (RFE/RL, 19/10)

Blogger Maksim Efimov has been granted temporary political asylum in Estonia. (Open Information Agency, 19/10) 

Ministry of Justice refused to elucidate the new law on ‘foreign agents’ in response to a query by Agora. (, 18/10) 

Politkovskaya investigation 
Investigators into Anna Politkovskaya’s murder rejected her children’s petition to terminate the plea bargain with accused police officer Dmitry Pavliuchenkov. (, 12/10) 

On 16/10 investigators said they had wrapped up a second inquiry into the murder of Politkovskaya and charged five suspects. (The Moscow Times, 17/10)

On 15/10 Golos reported widespread fraud in the regional and local electiosn held on 14/10. (The Other Russia, 15/10) 

On 15/10 reports said Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin spoke out against construction of a large number of mosques in the city because "two-thirds" of worshippers at the city's main mosque were not registered in Moscow. (The Moscow Times, 15/10)
Rights in Russia,
21 Oct 2012, 10:51