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Week-ending 21 June 2013



Activists 
charged 


Law to be 
improved’? 

Lukin's
proposals 

Savva custody extended

Gannushkina 
fined 

Golos 
to close 

Office 
seized 


Boycott Sochi campaign 

Bill on 
adoptions 


Courts to be combined? 

Supreme Court 
on ECtHR 


Police threaten torture victim
Right of assembly 
On 20/6 the Investigative Committee reported opposition activists Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, charged on 19/6 with planning the May 2012 riots on Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow, pleaded not guilty. (RAPSI, 20/6; RFE/RL, 19/6) 

Right of association
On 14/6 at the G20 Civil Summit President Putin said he would welcome "improving" a controversial law on NGOs that activists say is aimed at stamping out dissent. (The Moscow Times, 17/6) 

On 17/6 Federal Human Rights Ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, sent Russia’s political leaders proposals to improve the law on non-profit organizations. (HRO.org, 18/6) 

On 17/6 Krasnodar Regional Court dismissed an appeal lodged against the extension of detention for NGO activist Mikhail Savva, suspected of fraud. (HRO.org, 18/6) 

On 18/6 chair of the Civic Assistance Commitee Svetlana Gannushkina was fined 2,000 roubles for "failure to comply with the legitimate demands of a prosecutor". (HRO.org, 18/6) 

The Association for Defence of Voters’ Rights, Golos, will close and then re-register in order to prepare election observers for the Moscow mayoral elections set for 8/9. (HRO.org, 17/6)

On 21/6 police and local government officials raided the Moscow offices of For Human Rights and told staff to immediately vacate the building, owned by the city government. (RFE/RL, 21/6)

LGBTI rights 
Gay rights activists from Russia and the ex-Soviet republics in the U.S. are trying to convince athletes and spectators not to go to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. (The Moscow Times, 18/6) 

On 21/6 the State Duma passed a bill by a 444-0 vote in its third and final reading barring same-sex foreign couples from adopting Russian children. (The Moscow Times, 23/6) 

Judiciary
On 21/6 President Putin announced an initiative to combine the Supreme Court and the Supreme Arbitration Court into a single body. (The Moscow Times, 23/6) 

On 14/6, a draft resolution of the plenum of the Supreme Court stated that not all judgments of the European Court of Human Rights finding human rights violations are grounds for a review of the case by Russian courts. (HRO.org, 17/6)

Torture 
On 19/6 Amnesty International said Inal Berov, abducted and tortured by police in Kabardino-Balkaria, has been threatened by police officers. (Amnesty International, 19/6)
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