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Week-ending 4 January 2013



Opposition
plans march


Adoption ban 
in force


Activists 
arrested



New rules for elections



New language 
law 



Alexanyan property not released


Top officials can
work till 70



Death in detention



Karachayevo-Cherkessia
‘Anti-Magnitsky’ law 
On 29/1 Russian opposition activists announced plans to hold a march on 13/1 to urge a repeal of a new law banning adoptions of Russian children by American citizens and calling for the dissolution of the two houses of parliament. (RAPSI, 29/12) 

On 1/1 a law which in particular bans adoption of Russian children by American families entered into force in Russia. (RIA Novosti, 1/1)

Right of assembly
On 31/12 Russian police detained prominent opposition figure Eduard Limonov and two dozen other activists for staging unauthorized demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, rallying to defend the right to assembly. (RFE/RL, 31/12) 

Electoral rights
President Putin ordered a major change in rules for parliamentary elections according to which half of the State Duma’s 450 seats would be filled using a proportional system based on votes for parties; the other half would be filled by direct election of individual candidates. (New York Times, 2/1) 

Minority rights
President Putin signed a controversial new law on education guaranteeing education in Russian, while the right to an education in the languages of Russia's ethnic minorities would not be completely guaranteed. (RFE/RL, 31/12) 

Yukos
On 3/1 the prosecution in the case against deceased Yukos lawyer Vasily Alexanyan, for a third time appealed against a Moscow court’s decision to release his seized property. ( www.khodorkovsky.com, 3/1) 

Age limits 
On 2/1 the Kremlin said President Putin approved a bil allowing people in top state jobs such as ministers and Kremlin advisers to stay in their posts until the age of 65 – or 70 by dispensation of the president. (The Telegraph, 2/1) 

Police 
On the night of 3-4/1 a 43-year-old man arrested on suspicion of embezzlement died in a cell for administrative detainees at Moscow’s Khorosheva-Mnevniki police station. Officers from the station are currently under investigation for the alleged October murder of a detainee. (The Other Russia, 5/1) 

On 2/1 a gunman was shot dead when he opened fire on a police station in the Malokarachayevsky district of the North Caucasus Republic of Karachayevo-Cherkessia. (RIA Novosti, 2/1)
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Rights in Russia,
28 Jan 2013, 03:55
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