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January 2014

Security operations 
On 2/1 Volgograd police detained more than 700 people following the bombing on 30/12. On 5/1 Khasavyurt resident Magomed Ibragimov was detained by law enforcement officers and has not been seen since. On 9/1 security services in Stavropol found several cars with dead bodies inside and explosives planted nearby. On 15/1 three members of the security forces and four gunmen were killed in Dagestan. Security forces in Dagestan killed seven suspected militants on 17/1, three on 20/1, one on 21/1, and three on 25/1.

On 9/1 over 400 Cossacks arrived in Sochi to help police the Olympic Games. On 31/1 activists Semyon Simonov and Nikolai Levshits filed a lawsuit against the Olympics organizers after being barred from attending the Games. On 22/1 leading rights groups called for the quashing of the prison sentence imposed on environmentalist Evgeny Vitishko.

Right of assembly 
Sergei Mokhnatkin, detained at a Moscow rally for freedom of assembly on 31/12, was remanded in custody until 1/3 on 2/1, and subsequently charged with assaulting two police officers at the rally. On 6/1 police detained two dozen protesting for the release of political prisoners on Manezh Square. Bolotnaya suspects Anastasia Rybachenko and Dmitry Altaichinov were amnestied on 10/1 and 16/1 respectively. On 19/1 about 400 demonstrators marched in Moscow to honour journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov, shot dead on 19/1/09. On 22/1 the Moscow prosecutor called for prison terms of between five and six years for eight Bolotnaya defendants. On 16/1 Sergei Udaltsov was issued a final indictment for organizing riots in May 2012.On 28/1 Moscow City Court said the trials of Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhaev would start behind closed doors on 4/2, and on 31/1 extended Razvozzhaev’s custody and Udaltsov’s house arrest.

Freedom of expression 
On 9/1 a court sentenced former website editor Aksana Panova to a two-year ban on professional activity, a two-year suspended sentence and a fine. On 13/1 a Kurgan court declared Jehovah’s Witnesses brochures were extremist. On 16/1 rights organizations criticized a five-year ban imposed on U.S. journalist David Satter. On 16/1 an Irkutsk court ruled a man guilty of killing a journalist should not go to prison. On 22/1 the Duma passed a bill doubling the maximum penalty for extremism to four years in prison. On 28/1 Moscow University lecturer Vyacheslav Dmitriyev was questioned on suspicion of extremism after reposting online an article about regime change. On 30/1 prosecutors said they were examining Dozhd TV for possible extremism over a poll about World War II broadcast on 26/1. By 31/1 four large cable providers had stopped broadcasting Dozhd.

LGBT rights 
On 13/1 some 27 Nobel laureates called on President Putin to repeal repressive homophobic legislation. On 27/1 Mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov told the BBC’s Panorama programme there were no gay people in the city. On 31/1 reports said creator of an online support group for gay teenagers, faces a fine for ‘gay propaganda.’

High profile cases 
On 23/1 the Supreme Court upheld the judgment obliging Mikhail Khodorkovsky to pay 17bn roubles in back taxes. On 24/1 Platon Lebedev was freed from prison. On 13/1 Aleksei Navalny rejected an investigators’ allegation he breached a court order not to leave Moscow. On 15/1 a Moscow court upheld the seizure of Navalny’s assets as part of an ongoing embezzlement case. On 21/1 the Justice Ministry refused to register Navalny's People's Alliance political party. On 13/1 investigators searched the home of Murad Musayev, a lawyer acting for the defendants in the Anna Politkovskaya murder trial. On 14/1 Moscow City Court appointed a new jury in the trial.

Ombuds office 
On 23/1 President Putin approved the nomination of Ella Pamfilova for the post of Human Rights Ombudsman to replace Vladimir Lukin, whose term expires on 18/2.