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Week-ending 3 January 2014

Train station


34 dead

700 detained


Suspect killed

Two killed

One killed

Official killed

Strategy 31  

Mokhnatkin charged

...and denied bail

views banned



Volgograd bombings
On 29/12 an apparent suicide bomber detonated explosives in Volgograd train station killing at least 17. (RFE/RL, 29/12)

On 30/12 at least 14 people were killed in the bombing of a trolleybus in Volgograd. (The Guardian, 30/12)

On 31/12 the death toll from two suicide bombings in Volgograd climbed to 34. (RIA Novosti, 31/12)

On 2/1 police in Volgograd detained more than 700 people in a security sweep. (The Moscow Times, 3/1)

North Caucasus
On the evening of 27/12, an explosion near a police building in Pyatigorsk killed three people. (Caucasian Knot, 28/12)

On 28/12 Islam Atiev, a suspected member of an illegal armed group, was killed in Khasavyurt, Dagestan. (RFE/RL, 28/12)

Overnight on 29-30/12, two armed men were killed in Khasavyurt after they fired on police. (RFE/RL, 30/12)

On 30/12 one person was killed and two injured in a roadside bombing targeting a police car in Dagestan. (RIA Novosti, 30/12)

On 31/12 Rasul Gasanov, a local prosecutor’s aide, was killed in a targeted bombing in Buinaksk, Dagestan. (RFE/RL, 31/1)

Right of assembly
On 31/1 28 people were detained in central Moscow during a rally in support of free assembly. (RIA Novosti, 31/12)

On 1/1 Sergei Mokhnatkin, detained at the 31/12 rally, was charged with assault of a police officer. (Russkaya Planeta, 2/1)

On 2/1, Tverskoi district court in Moscow ruled Mokhnatkin should remain in custody until March 1. (RIA Novosti, 2/1)

Freedom of expression
On 30/12 President Putin signed a law to make spreading separatist views a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in jail. (RIA Novosti, 30/12)

On 31/12, Andrei Kurayev, an Orthodox senior deacon and well-known blogger, was fired from the Moscow Theological Academy's faculty. (RIA Novosti, 31/12)

On 28/12 director of Moscow’s Gogol Theatre Kirill Serebrennikov said he had been banned from holding the premiere of a film about Pussy Riot. (Facebook, 30/12)

Ilya Farber
On 31/12 Tver Region Court granted parole to Ilya Farber, a Muscovite who moved to rural Tver region controversially convicted of bribery in 2012. (RIA Novosti, 31/12)
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3 Jan 2014, 10:24