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Week-ending 13 September 2013



Sobyanin given 
over 50% 

Protest 
rally 

Alleged 
violations

Inauguration 



Mother’s 
funeral 

‘Swallow’ ruled 
not torture 


37 die 
in fire 


Call for book 
banning

Warning to 
TV channel 


HRW
report 


Putin on 
human rights 

Illegal migrants
Electoral rights 
On 8/9 Aleksei Navalny came second in the vote for Moscow mayor; official results gave Sergei Sobyanin over 50%, ensuring him a first round win. (The Guardian, 8/9) 

On 9/9 thousands rallied at Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square in support of Aleksei Navalny, who claimed the previous day’s vote was rigged. (RIA Novosti, 9/9)

On 11/9 Aleksei Navalny announced he would submit 951 separate complaints of voting violations to the Moscow City Elections Commission. (The Moscow Times, 11/9)

On 12/9 Moscow City Court dismissed an application by Aleksei Navalny to call off the inauguration of Sergei Sobyanin as mayor of Moscow. (RAPSI, 12/9)

Treatment in detention
On 10/9 a Moscow district court denied a request by Mikhail Kosenko, on remand as a suspect in the ‘Bolotnaya case’, to attend the funeral of his mother. (RAPSI, 10/9) 

Tatarstan's Investigative Committee closed the investigation into the death of Pavel Drozdov on the grounds that the ‘Swallow’ method of restraint used against him in a police cell was not torture. (HRO.org, 10/9)

Psychiatric care 
On 6/9 a fire killed 37 people in a Russian psychiatric hospital, the second deadly blaze at such a facility this year, heightening concerns about Russia's treatment of the mentally ill and other vulnerable wards of the state. (The Moscow Times, 13/9) 

Freedom of expression 
On 12/9 Moscow prosecutors said the “The Third Way,” a compilation of two works by Benito Mussolini, should be banned from sale in Russian bookstores. (RIA Novosti, 12/9) 

On 12/9 the Federal Agency for Communications announced it had warned the EvroKino television channel for "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations." (RFE/RL, 12/9)

People with disabilities 
Millions of people with disabilities in Russia continue to face significant barriers to participation in society, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued on 11/9. (HRW, 11/9) 

North Caucasus 
On 9/9 President Putin said the activities of international human rights organizations in the North Caucasus were "anti-Russian". (RFE/RL, 9/9) 

On 11/9 migration authorities in Sochi kicked off a campaign to identify illegal immigrants. (The Moscow Times, 11/9)
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Rights in Russia,
15 Sep 2013, 13:38
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