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Week-ending 10 January 2014




Dead found in Stavropol 





Pussy Riot 


Panova convicted 




Man sent to psychiatric hospital
North Caucasus
On 4/1 President Putin eased a sweeping ban on public protests in Sochi with effect from 7/1. (New York Times, 4/1)

Khasavyurt resident Magomed Ibragimov, detained by law enforcement officers on 5/1, is missing. (Caucasian Knot, 9/1)

On 9/1 the ECtHR found Russia responsible for the abduction and disappearance of 36 men from homes in Chechnya between 2000 and 2006. (Russian Justice Initiative, 9/1)

On 9/1 security services in southern Stavropol were put on combat alert, after police found several cars with dead bodies inside and explosives planted nearby. (The Moscow Times, 9/1)

On 9/1 over 400 Cossacks arrived in Sochi to help police next month's Games. (St Petersburg Times, 10/1)

A publishing house of the Russian Orthodox Church released a 2014 calendar devoted to Josef Stalin. (The Moscow Times, 8/1)

Right of assembly
On 6/1 police detained two dozen protesters on Moscow’s Manezh Square demanding the release of opposition activists from prison. (The Moscow Times, 7/1)

On 9/1 Sergei Mokhnatkin was charged with striking a police officer during a protest rally on 31/12. (RIA Novosti, 9/1)

On 9/1 Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina attended the Bolotnaya trial in Moscow. (The Guardian, 9/1)

On 10/1 Anastasia Rybachenko, arrested in absentia regarding the May 2012 Bolotnaya protest, was amnestied. (RAPSI, 10/1)

Freedom of expression
On 9/1 a court sentenced former website editor Aksana Panova to a two-year court ban on professional activity, a two-year suspended sentence and a considerable fine. (RIA Novosti, 9/1)

High profile cases
On 5/1 Mikhail Khodorkovsky told Swiss TV he would campaign for the release of political prisoners. (BBC, 5/1)

On 9/1 the Association of Russian Judges refused Sergei Magnitsky’s mother’s request to publicly discuss the judges’ role in her son’s persecution, treatment and death. (EU Reporter, 9/1)

Controversially imprisoned Ilya Farber was released on 10/1. (RIA Novosti, 10/1)

On 6/1 a man who climbed on the roof of Red Square’s Kazan Cathedral and shouted a Muslim call to prayer was sent to a psychiatric hospital. (The Moscow Times, 9/1)
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11 Jan 2014, 14:03