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Week-ending 24 January 2014

Dagestan killings 

Evgeny Vitishko 

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Platon Lebedev 

Party denied registration 


Mass media ‘foreign agents’ bill 

Baburova & Markelov

Bolotnaya trial


Ella Pamfilova
North Caucasus
On 18/1 Russian security forces killed seven people suspected of an attack on a restaurant in Dagestan. (BBC, 18/1)

On 20/1 three militants were killed during a special operation of security forces in the capital of Dagestan, Russia's National Anti-terrorism Committee. (RIA Novosti, 20/1)

On 21/1 Eldar Magatov, a suspected militant leader, was shot dead by police in Dagestan. (RIA Novosti, 21/1)

On 22/1 leading human rights groups called for release of jailed environmentalist Evgeny Vitishko. (The Moscow Times, 23/1)

On 23/1 the Russian Supreme Court upheld an earlier judgment obliging Mikhail Khodorkovsky to pay 17 bn rubles in back taxes. (RAPSI, 23/1)

On 24/1 Platon Lebedev, business partner of former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was freed from a prison after a court ruled to reduce his sentence to time served. (RFE/RL, 24/1)

Aleksei Navalny
On 21/1 the Justice Ministry denied registration to Aleksei Navalny's People's Alliance political party, citing existence of other organization with same name. (The Moscow Times, 22/1)

On 23/1 Aleksei Navalny announced that when he visited the Investigative Committee to read materials on one criminal case, he was subpoenaed to give testimony on another. (RAPSI, 21/1)

Freedom of expression
On 21/1 the Duma decided the bill on mass media foreign agents would be resubmitted after having tougher restrictions added to it. (RAPSI, 21/1)

Right of assembly
On 19/1 about 400 demonstrators took part in a Moscow march to honour journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov, shot dead on 19/1/09. (The Moscow Times, 20/1)

On 22/1 the Moscow prosecutor demanded prison terms of between five and six years for eight Bolotnaya defendants. The hearings were adjourned until January 27. (RFE/RL, 22/1)

On 22/1 the Duma passed a bill increasing the maximum penalty for extremism from two to four years in prison. (RFE/RL, 23/1)

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. (RAPSI, 23/1)
Rights in Russia,
27 Jan 2014, 02:11