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Week-ending 17 January 2014


Dagestan killings




Jehovah’s Witnesses

Satter banned

No prison for killing journalist 

Nobel laureates 

Uzbek murdered 


Bolotnaya defendant 

North Caucasus
Cossacks will be patrolling Sochi for next month's Winter Olympics. (The Moscow Times, 12/1)

On 15/1 three members of the security forces and four gunmen were killed in Dagestan. (The Guardian, 15/1)

On 17/1 security forces killed seven suspected militants in Dagestan. (BBC, 18/1)

High profile cases
The Interior Ministry denied a new criminal case has been launched against Sergei Magnitsky. (RAPSI, 13/1)

On 13/1 Aleksei Navalny rejected an investigators’ allegation he breached a court order not to leave Moscow. (RIA Novosti, 13/1)

On 15/1 a Moscow court upheld the seizure of Aleksei Navalny’s assets as part of an ongoing embezzlement case. (RAPSI, 15/1)

On 13/1 investigators said they searched the home of Murad Musayev, a lawyer representing the suspected killers of Anna Politkovskaya. (The Moscow Times, 14/1

On 14/1 Moscow City Court appointed a new jury in the trial of the Anna Politkovskaya murder suspects. (RFE/RL, 14/1)

The Moscow City Court postponed hearings into the murder of Anna Politkovskaya until 20/1. (RFE/RL, 15/1)

Freedom of expression
A court in Kurgan had declared brochures produced by the Jehovah’s Witnesses to be extremist. (RIA Novosti, 13/1)

Rights organizations criticized Russia's banning of U.S. journalist David Satter from the country for five years. (RFE/RL, 16/1)

On 16/1 a court in Irkutsk ruled a man guilty of killing a journalist should not go to prison. (RFE/RL, 16/1)

LGBT rights
Some 27 Nobel laureates called on President Putin to repeal repressive homophobic legislation. (The Independent, 13/1)

Migrants' rights 
Overnight on 16-17/1, an Uzbek migrant worker was found stabbed to death in Moscow. (RFE/RL, 17/1)

Right of assembly
On 16/1 Sergei Udaltsov received from investigators a clarified indictment over the 2012 Moscow riot case. (RAPSI, 16/1) 

On 16/1 bolotnaya defendant Dmitry Altaichinov was freed by a Moscow court under amnesty. (RIA Novosti, 16/1)

A new criminal case has been opened against Sergei Mokhnatkin for alleged violence against a police officer. (RIA Novosti, 13/1)
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19 Jan 2014, 11:11