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Week-ending 18 January 2013

Yury Schmidt dies 

Adagamov leaves advisory council 

Samutsevich retracts complaint

Alekhina appeal rejected

Activist fired 

Activist commits suicide

Razvozzhaev appeals... 


...and faces new charge

Moscow march on 13/1

March permitted on 19/1 

Court ruling 

Judge killed
Human rights lawyers, activists 
On 12/1 prominent human rights lawyer Yury Schmidt died in St. Petersburg. He was 75. (New York Times, 16/1) 

On 14/1, opposition blogger Rustem Adagamov announced he is withdrawing from the public council of the Culture Ministry because it is ‘a lie and a sham’. (The Moscow Times, 16/1)

On 14/1 Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich retracted her complaint against her former lawyers from the Moscow Chamber of Lawyers. (The Moscow Times, 15/1)

On 16/1 a court dismissed an appeal by Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina to defer her sentence until her five-year-opld son reaches 14. (The Independent, 16/1)

Marat Davletbayev a midlevel executive at state-owned power giant Inter RAO who helped lead an opposition party outside of office hours has been fired. (The Moscow Times, 17/1) 

On 17/1 Aleksandr Dolmatov, an activist with the Other Russia opposition movement, committed suicide in the Netherlands, apparently after he was designated for deportation to Russia. (The Moscow Times, 18/1)

Leonid Razvozzhaev has appealed against a refusal to investigate his abduction in Ukraine to the General Prosecutor's Office and the Investigative Committee. (, 14/1)

On 15/1 Vyacheslav Ivanets, president of the Lawyers Collegiate in Angarsk, said guards do not allow Leonid Razvozzhaev to sit or lie on his bed between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. (RFE/RL, 15/1)

On 18/1 the Investigative Committee announced a new criminal charge of making a false crime report (of torture) had been filed against activist Leonid Razvozzhaev. (RFE/RL, 18/1) 

Right of assembly 
On 13/1 thousands of people thronged central Moscow in a march protesting a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans. (The Moscow Times, 14/1) 

On 17/1 Moscow city hall authorized a march on 19/1 for 700 people to mark the killing of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and Novaya gazeta journalist Anastasiya Baburova. (, 17/1) 

Access to information
The Constitutional Court ruled in a case brought by Memorial historian Nikita Petrov that the 30-year classification rule had been misapplied to deny him access to archives. (, 14/1) 

Violence against judiciary 
On 15/1 Judge Magomed Magodemov was gunned down outside his home in Dagestan what observers called revenge for rulings against local insurgents. (The Moscow Times, 17/1) 
Rights in Russia,
28 Jan 2013, 03:54