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Week-ending 1 November 2013



Litvinov 

Hooliganism 



March 

Flag seized 

Ryabchenko 

31 
October


Kostroma


Rosbalt

Textbooks

Pussy Riot 


Terrorism 
bill

ECtHR 



Halloween


Uefa


New charges
Greenpeace 
Dmitry Litvinov spent three days in a punishment cell for having letters to his wife and family in his cell. (HRO.org, 29/10) 

By 31/10 all 30 detained Greenpeace activists had been charged with hooliganism (24 were so charged this week). On 1/11 they were moved to St Petersburg. (Greenpeace, 1/11) 

Right of assembly
On 27/10 thousands marched in central Moscow in support of suspects in the Bolotnoye case. (The Moscow Times, 28/10) 

On 27/10 police confiscated a rainbow flag from LGBT activists in St Petersburg during Olympic torch relay. (HRO.org, 28/10)

On 28/10 a court put Bolotnoye suspect Anastasia Rybachenko on an international wanted list. (The Moscow Times, 29/10)

On 31/10 police detained participants in a rally in Moscow. Eduard Limonov was detained on his way to the rally. Three were arrested in Nizhny Novgorod. (RFE/RL, 31/10)

Right of association
On 29/10 a Kostroma NGO suspended its activities because of fines under the ‘foreign agents’ law. (RIA Novosti, 29/10) 

Freedom of expression 
On 31/10 a Moscow court ordered the closure of the news website Rosbalt.ru. (RFE/RL, 31/10) 

New standardized history school textbooks were submitted to President Putin on 31/10. (The Moscow Times, 31/10) 

On 1/11 the family of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova said she had disappeared. (BuzzFeed, 1/11) 

North Caucasus / Anti-terrorism legislation 
On 30/10 the Federation Council approved a presidential bill passed by the Duma on 25/10 to make terrorists’ relatives liable for compensation of damage. (RAPSI, 30/10) 

On 31/10 the ECtHR ruled the authorities are responsible for the disappearances of a driver of Civic Assistance Committee, Bulat Chilayev (2001), and Aslan Israilov (2006). (HUDOC, 31/10)

Extremism
Schools in Omsk were advised not to celebrate Halloween on grounds of ‘extremism’. (The Moscow Times, 31/10) 

Racism
On 30/10 Uefa sanctioned Moscow’s CSKA for racist chanting at a Champions’ League tie on 23/10. (BBC, 30/10) 

Navalny
On 29/10 Aleksei Navalny and his brother were charged with fraud of about 30m roubles. (BBC, 29/10)
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2 Nov 2013, 06:59
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