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Week-ending 26 July 2013

Maria Alekhina

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova



Dutch nationals banned 

Activist shot 

Protest in Novokhopersk



Human Rights 


Pussy Riot: Parole denied 
On 24/7 a court in Perm rejected Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina’s request for parole. (RFE/RL, 24/7) 

On 26/7 the Supreme Court of Mordovia rejected Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s parole appeal. (Amnesty International, 26/7)

Yukos: New ECtHR ruling 
On 25/7 the European Court of Human Rights for a second time ruled against Russia for the treatment and trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. (Deutsche Welle, 25/7) 

The ECtHR press office withdrew an inaccurate press release issued on 25/7 on its ruling in the case of Khodorkovsky and Lebdev that had falsely implied there was a “sound basis” to the charges. (, 25/7) 

LGBT rights 
On 23/7 Russian migration authorities banned four Dutch nationals, detained on 21/7 for making a film about gay rights, from entering Russia for three years. (RIA Novosti, 23/7) 

Environmental rights 
On 23/7 enviromentalist Igor Sapatov was reported to have been shot dead in a village near Kazan. (, 24/7) 

On 21/7 hundreds of people gathered in Novokhopersks, Voronezh region, to protest against plans to open a nickel and copper mine in the area. (RIA Novosti, 21/7) 

Right of assembly
On 22/7 riot police officer Aleksandr Kazmin declined to testify in court against a protestor, Mikhail Kosenko, charged with attacking him at a protest on 6/5/12. (RIA Novosti, 22/7) 

Aleksei Navalny 
Aleksei Navalny's legal team has filed an appeal against his conviction and sentencing. (RFE/RL, 26/7) 

The presidential council on human rights said it will conduct an independent evaluation of Aleksei Navalny and Petr Ofitserov's sentences in the high-profile Kirovles trial once the verdict comes into force. (The Moscow Times, 25/7) 

Magnitsky case 
Interpol rejected a second request by Russia for the arrest and extradition of businessman William Browder. (RFE/RL, 26/7) 

Anna Politkovskaya 
On 24/7 the alleged killers of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya went on trial in Moscow, with her family boycotting proceedings because they said the court had chosen the jury without asking them and rushed the trial date. All five defendants say they are innocent. (BBC, 24/7)
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2 Aug 2013, 04:51