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Week-ending 22 November 2013



Court merger






Lady Gaga




600 detained

Over 1,000 detained
Greenpeace: Arctic 30
On 22/11 the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered Russia to release the Arctic Sunrise and the 30 detainees. On 22/11 Murmansk Regional Court rejected an appeal against the arrest of the ship Arctic Sunrise. (Greenpeace, 22/11)

This week 29 of the 30 Greenpeace activists were granted bail and 28 released. On 17/11 a court extended by three months pre-trial detention for Colin Russell. (Greenpeace, 22/11)

Court reform
On 19/11 lawyers criticized a Kremlin plan to merge the Supreme and Supreme Commercial courts. (RIA Novosti, 20/11)

Right of association
On 18/11 a Moscow district court postponed until 4/2/14 consideration of the legal challenge by Memorial Human Rights Centre against a prosecutors’ order instructing the group to register as a "foreign agent". (RAPSI, 18/11)

On 20/11 in Ekaterinburg a court ruled that the warning by prosecutors issued against the local Memorial group was unlawful. (, 20/11)

Freedom of expression
On 18/11 Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s lawyer said a Krasnoyarsk will begin hearing her request to replace a remaining part of her sentence with a lighter punishment in January. (RAPSI, 18/11)

On 20/11 lawyers acting for Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have filed appeals with the Supreme Court against their sentences. (RAPSI, 20/11)

Pussy Riot member Ekaterina Samutsevich called for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. (The Moscow Times, 18/11)

A court has fined Lady Gaga’s concert promoter for "promoting homosexuality" at a December 2012 gig. (The Guardian, 19/11)

On 22/11 Google’s Eric Schmidt highlighted Russia’s attempts to regulate the Internet. (RIA Novosti, 23/11)

Right of assembly
On 21/11 Human Rights Council members appealed to Vladimir Putin to amnesty the 'Bolotnaya prisoners'. (, 21/11)

On 22/11, the ECtHR asked Russia to report on Sergei Krivov, a Bolotnaya defendant on hunger strike. (RIA Novosti, 22/1)

On 19/11 police said they detained more than 600 people at a Moscow market. (RIA Novosti, 19/11)

On 20/11 police held more than a thousand people for checks at a Moscow market. (RIA Novosti, 20/11)
Rights in Russia,
24 Nov 2013, 12:15