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Week-ending 26 April 2013



Civic Assistance

Call to 
abolish law


TI ‘political’


No parole

at rally


March & 
rally planned


Political trials 
On 24/4 Aleksei Navalny used his first full day in court to say the trial would prove his innocence, even if the judge convicted him. (The New York Times, 24/4) 

On 26/4 Gabriela Knaul, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, urged the Russian Government to guarantee the independence and impartiality of the justice system. (UN News Centre, 26/4) 

Right of association 
On 22/4 the offices of Civic Assistance Committee were subjected to a repeat inspection by officials. ( 22/4) 

On 22/4 media reported head of the Presidential Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov proposed abolishing the law adopted in July 2012 on ‘foreign agents.’. (, 22/4)

On 25/4 the Association in Defence of Voters’ Rights Golos (Voice) became the first Russian nongovernmental organizations to fall afoul of the “foreign agents” law. It was fined 300,000 roubles (almost US$10,000). AI, HRW, 25/4)

On 26/4 the Justice Ministry warned Transparency International-Russia it is engaged in political activities. (RFE/RL, 26/4) 

Freedom of expression 
On 24/4 four internet publications received official warnings over the publication of news about Pussy Riot t-shirts and the artist, Loskutov. (, 24/4) 

On 26/4 a court in the Russian region of Mordovia denied a request for parole by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. (RFE/RL, 26/4) 

Right of assembly
On 20/4 24 protesters were arrested on Red Square at an unauthorized rally against the ongoing investigation into the May 2012 rally on Bolotnaya Square. (The Moscow Times, 22/4) 

On 22/4 a public inquiry vindicated the protesters at an authorized anti-Kremlin rally on Bolotnaya Ploshchad last May and blamed police for violence. (The Moscow Times, 24/4)

On 22/4 opposition leaders filed a request with Moscow City Hall for a march and rally on 6/5 at Bolotnaya Square. (The Moscow Times, 23/4)

On 25/4 Konstantin Lebedev was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in a penal colony for plotting mass riots at last May's rally on Bolotnaya Ploshchad. (The Moscow Times, 26/4)

On 26/4 President Vladimir Putin said Moscow should amend its adoption agreements with countries which have legalised gay marriage. (BBC, 26/4)
Rights in Russia,
28 Apr 2013, 06:58