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Week-ending 28 June 2013








Move to ban 
WWII criticism  


NTV alleges 
Yukos killing 

to be questioned

Top courts 
to merge?

PACE report on Magnitsky case
Right of assembly
On 24/6 the trial of 12 participants in last year's Bolotnaya Square protest on charges of taking part in mass unrest started in Moscow. (RFE/RL, 24/6)

Right of association
On 22/6 private security guards and riot police evicted For Human Rights from their Moscow government-owned office. (The Moscow Times, 24/6;, 27/6)

On 24/6, For Human Rights was given three days to move its belongings out of the offices. (The Moscow Times, 25/6)

On 26/6 Golos was suspended for six months after it refused to register as a "foreign agent". (BBC, 26/6;, 27/6)

LGBTI rights
On 27/6 the Federation House approved the "gay propaganda" bill and sent the homophobic measure to President Putin for his signature. (San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, 27/6)

On 28/6 a St. Petersburg court ordered gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev to pay compensation to Vitaly Milonov, the lawmaker responsible for the city’s law banning “gay propaganda,” over a defamation suit Alekseev lost. (RIA Novosti, 28/6)

Freedom of expression
A ruling by a court in the central Russian town of Ulyanovsk ordered a state-run Internet provider to block access to 15 websites. (The Moscow Times, 26/6)

On 26/6 the OSCE Media Representative expressed concern over moves in the State Duma to criminalize speech casting a negative light on the role of the Soviet Army in WWII. (OSCE, 26/6)

On 26/6 the Federation Council approved a bill introducing criminal liability for insulting believers’ feelings. (RAPSI, 26/6)

Yukos case
On 24/6 NTV aired a documentary alleging Yukos’ founders, including Mikhail Khodorkovsky, were involved in the killing of the mayor of Nefteyugansk in 1998. (The Moscow Times, 26/6)

On 24/6 ex-Constitutional Court judge Tamara Morshchakova said investigators plan to interview her over the independent report into the second Yukos prosecution. (RIA Novosti, 24/6)

Judicial system
On 21/6, President Putin announced plans to combine the Supreme Court and the Supreme Arbitration Court into a single body. (The Moscow Times, 24/6)

On 25/6 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe released a draft report critical of Russia for the handling of the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. (The Moscow Times, 26/6)
Rights in Russia,
1 Jul 2013, 00:45