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Week-ending 29 November 2013



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Lukin on 
Orthodoxy 

Courts’ 
merger 


Blogger 
convicted 

Gazprom 


Bolotnaya 
cases 


Perm



Saratov


Conscripts 


Paternity 
leave


Magnitsky 


Gorbanevskaya
Greenpeace: Arctic 30
The last two of the Arctic-30 were released on bail: Phil Ball (UK) on 25/11 and Colin Russell (Australia) on 28/11. On 30/1 Greenpeace said the Netherlands had prepared a bank guarantee of 3.6m euros ($4.8m) in compliance with an international court ruling ordering Russia to release Arctic Sunrise ship and crew. (Greenpeace.org, 29/11; The Moscow Times, 29/11; 2/12)

The Constitution
On 25/11 human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin critized a proposal to amend the Constitution to acknowledge Orthodoxy's ‘special role’ in Russia. (Interfax, 25/11)

On 27/11 the Federation Council approved the abolition of Russia’s highest commercial court and gave President Vladimir Putin more power over prosecutors. (The Financial Times, 27/11)

Freedom of expression
On 26/11 Russian opposition blogger Sergei Reznik was sentenced to 18 months in prison in Rostov-on-Don for insulting a public official and other charges. (CPJ, 26/11)

On 26/11 Gazprom Media announced it was buying Vladimir Potanin's Profmedia. (The Moscow Times, 27/11)

Right of assembly
On 25/11 the Investigative Committee completed its inquiry into Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhaev suspected of organizing alleged Moscow riots. (The Moscow Times, 26/11)

Right of association 
On 27/11 a Perm court dismissed prosecutors’ charges that Perm Youth Memorial register as a ‘foreign agent’. (HRO.org, 27/11) 

On 27/11 a Saratov court ordered the Centre for Social Policy and Gender Studies to register as a "foreign agent". (Amnesty International, 28/11) 

Military
On 25/11, 12 regional NGOs called on the authorities to stop using conscripts to handle old ammunition at military testing grounds. (HRO.org, 25/11)

On 25/11, a bill was published that stipulates male professional soldiers bringing up a child on their own should have the right to take paternity leave. (RIA Novosti, 25/11)

Human rights defenders
On 27/11 former federal prosecutor Galina Tarasova accused ex-colleagues of illegal actions in relation to the probe into the 2009 death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. (The Moscow Times, 28/11)

On 29/11 Soviet-era dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya died in Paris aged 77. (BBC, 29/11)
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2 Dec 2013, 06:28
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