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Week-ending 7 November 2014


Ekho Moskvy








Freedom of expression
On 5/11 President Putin urged historians and history teachers to combat what he called attempts to rewrite history based on geopolitical interests. He took issue with "the Soviet Union being blamed for the division of Poland" in 1939. (RFE/RL, 6/11)

On 6/11 Gazprom-Media said a popular host on Ekho Moskvy radio station, Aleksandr Plyushchev, had been fired after tweeting about the death of a son of President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov. (RFE/RL, 6/11)

Law enforcement
U.S. authorities are attempting to seize an additional $1.1 million from Russian-owned, Cyprus-based company Prevezon Holdings, allegedly derived by the tax fraud scheme exposed by Sergei Magnitsky before his death. (RFE/RL, 5/11)

On 5/11 the Investigative Committee brought charges in absentia against Nikita Kulachenkov, an associate of the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, in the case of the alleged theft of a painting in the city of Vladimir. Navalny refused to testify in this case and claimed it was fabricated. (RAPSI, 5/11)

On 6/11 Kommersant said a new survey by Levada Centre and Public Verdict Foundation showed Russians have become more trusting of police officers since the Interior Ministry underwent reforms in 2011. (The Moscow Times, 6/11)

On 6/11 the Russian government proposed putting aside an extra 2.4 billion rubles ($53 million) for retired judges' pensions in 2015. (The Moscow Times, 6/11)

Health care
On 3/11 health minister Veronika Skvortsova promised to consider the demands of Moscow health workers after almost 7,000 health-care workers protested on 2/11 against proposed reforms in the sector. (RFE/RL, The Moscow Times, 4/11)

LGBT rights
On 3/11 a large mock iPhone meant as a monument to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was taken down in St. Petersburg after his successor, Tim Cook, came out as gay. (RFE/RL, 3/11)

On 4/11 nationalists took part in Russian March parades, while President Putin and his supporters played up patriotism in celebrations of National Unity Day. (RFE/RL, 4/11)

On 7/11 Ukrainian authorities said a column of 32 tanks, 16 howitzer artillery systems and trucks carrying ammunition and fighters had crossed into eastern Ukraine from Russia. (The Moscow Times, 7/11)
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8 Nov 2014, 23:43