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Week-ending 14 November 2014


Regional Press Institute 

Ekho Moskvy 

Human Rights Ombudsman 


Ministry of 

Prosecutor’s Office 

Supreme Court 


Yves Rocher 


Freedom of expression
On 10/11 Kommersant editor Mikhail Mikhailin said he is to step down. Earlier Rosneft had threatened to sue Kommersant over a report about alleged countersanctions. (RFE/RL, 10/11)

On 12/11 Oleg Potapenko, editor of a news website, detained for several hours at Khabarovsk airport, said he’d been prevented from traveling abroad. (RFE/RL, 12/11)

On 14/11 a court in St. Petersburg dismissed a complaint by Anna Shargorodskaya, director of Regional Press Institute, against customs officials at Pulkovo Airport. (RAPSI, 14/11)

On 14/11 Mikhail Lesin, head of Gazprom-Media, called for a vote of Ekho Moskvy's board of directors on 21/11 to determine key appointments and policy at the station. (RFE/RL, 14/11)

Right of association
On 9/11 Human Rights Ombudsman Ella Pamfilova wrote to President Putin asking him to support the Russian Memorial Society. (, 10/11)

On 10/11 the Constitutional Court said it has accepted an application filed by three human rights NGOs against a law permiting surprise inspections at NGOs. (RAPSI, 10/11)

On 11/11 the Ministry of Justice sent a petition to the Supreme Court asking for the hearing in the case of the Russian Memorial Society, set for 13/11, to be postponed. (, 11/11)

On 12/11 the Prosecutor’s Office began an unscheduled inspection of the Committee Against Torture. (, 12/11)

On 13/11 the Supreme Court postponed a hearing on closure of Russian Memorial Society. (The Moscow Times, 13/11)

Electoral rights
On 11/11 reports said the authorities have refused to respond to questions from the ECtHR over a complaint about the 2011 State Duma elections in St. Petersburg. (The Moscow Times, 11/11)

Aleksei Navalny
On 7/11 Christian Melnik, a director of the cosmetics company Yves Rocher Vostok, said in court the company has no claims against Aleksei Navalny and his brother Oleg. (RAPSI, 7/11)

On 10/11 Lev Shlosberg published a letter in which military prosecutors refused to shed light on deaths of paratroopers who allegedly died fighting in Ukraine. (The Moscow Times, 10/10)

On 13/11 OSCE monitors said vehicles apparently used to transport soldiers' bodies had been seen crossing the Russian-Ukrainian border; and that more than 600 people in military clothing crossed the border over the last week. (BBC, 13/11)
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16 Nov 2014, 14:17