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Week-ending 12 July 2013



For Human Rights 




Journalist killed 

Head scarves 
Alekhina moved 


Navalny’s offices searched

Navalny registers 

Kartoev dead 

Snowden holds meeting 

Sergei Magnitsky 
On 11/7 a Moscow court ruled the late lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and his employer, William Browder, were guilty of tax fraud. Browder was sentenced in absentia to nine years. (BBC, 11/7) 

Right of association 
The Perm Pilorama Civic Forum has been cancelled after the regional government cut funding for the event. (, 8/7) 

On 8/7 Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the Movement For Human Rights will be given new offices. (, 8/7) 

On 9/7 the Prosecutor General said 215 NGOs had refused to register as "foreign agents." On 10/7 he said inspections had discovered over 500 violations. (The Moscow Times, 10/7) 

Freedom of expression 
On 9/7 the Constitutional Court ruled that owners of Internet websites must remove defamatory materials. (, 9/7) 

On 9/7 Wikimedia Russia said Russia’s controversial anti-piracy law may cause Wikipedia to be blocked. (RIA Novosti, 9/7) 

On 10/7 journalist Akhmednabi Akhmednabiev, deputy editor of Novoye Delo, was shot dead in Dagestan. (BBC, 10/7) 

Russia's Supreme Court has upheld a ban on Islamic head scarves or hijabs at schools in Stavropol reigion. (RFE/RL, 10/7) 

Jailed Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina has reportedly been transferred to a different prison. (RFE/RL, 12/7) 

On 8/7 the election monitor Golos, banned by the Ministry of Justice, re-emerged as a public movement in defence of voters’ rights. (, 8/7) 

On 9/7 investigators seized documents at the offices of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny's Foundation to Fight Corruption. (The Moscow Times, 10/7) 

On 10/7 Aleksei Navalny registered to stand in September's vote for Moscow mayor. (BBC, 10/7) 

On 9/7 it was claimed Tarkhan Kartoev, convicted of a 2009 train bombing, was tortured and killed in jail. (RIA Novosti, 9/7) 

Edward Snowden 
On 12/7 ex-U.S. NSA analyst Edward Snowden met human rights activists, lawyers and government officials to seek support in securing asylum in Russia. (The Moscow Times, 15/7) 

On 9/7 Anton Antonov-Ovseyenko, an historian and survivor of the gulag, died in Moscow at 93. (New York Times, 10/7)