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Week-ending 1 March 2013


Call for Pussy 
Riot release 

Sergei Udalstov




Relative questioned

Depardieu ‘inspired’ 
by Kadyrov 

Death threats  

MoJ declines 
to inspect 

70 Saratov NGOs  
to be inspected

MoJ sets out ‘foreign agent’ criteria
Pussy Riot 
On 28/2 police briefly detained Masha Gessen, head of Radio Liberty’s Russia service, on suspicion of videotaping classified facilities while visiting imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. (The Moscow Times, 1/3) 

Human Rights Watch called on the Russian authorities to immediately and unconditionally free Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot who remain behind bars. (Human Rights Watch, 1/3)

Civil society activists / Human rights defenders
On 22/2 supporters of opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, under house arrest on suspicion of plotting to incite riots, paid a 35,000 ruble ($1,150) fine imposed on the radical leftist with eight large satchels of coins. (The Moscow Times, 25/2) 

On 27/2 the Investigative Committee said that anti-corruption activist Aleksei Navalny had fraudulently obtained his credentials as a lawyer. (The Moscow Times, 28/2) 

On 28/2 Vyacheslav Ivanets, lawyer for Leonid Razvozzhaev, said that on 27/2 his client, still in custody in Irkutsk, told him of an attempt to transfer him to Chelyabinsk. (, 28/2)

On 28/2, journalist and human rights defender Natalya Estemirova would have been 55. She was murdered on 15 July 2009. (, 28/2)

Magnitsky case 
On 27/2 police summoned a family member of Sergei Magnitsky for questioning. (The Moscow Times, 27/2) 

North Caucasus 
On 25/2 French actor Gerard Depardieu said he was inspired by the leadership of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and accepted an apartment in Grozny. (The Moscow Times, 26/2) 

An investigation has been opened into death threats against lawyer Magamed Abubakarov. (Amnesty International, 27/2) 

'Foreign agents' law 
On 25/2 the Russian Ministry of Justice refused to conduct a check into the Golos Association and the Levada Centre with regard to foreign funding. (, 26/2) 

On 26/2 the NGO Human Rights Resource Centre found out that the Public Prosecutor's Office for Saratov region is planning to carry out an inspection of 70 NGOs. (, 27/2)

Members of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights received a description from the Justice Ministry of the actions that would qualify an NGO as a "foreign agent". (, 28/2)
Rights in Russia,
3 Mar 2013, 08:57