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Week-ending 5 September 2014

Ten years on

Lev Shlosberg 

Human Rights 

Media campaign 


Pussy Riot

agent law

New ‘foreign 




St Petersburg
Beslan, ten years on
Ten years ago, on 1/9/04, a terrorist attack took place on a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, that claimed 385 lives, including 156 children, and left 700 victims injured. (The Moscow Times, 31/8)

Civil society activists
On 1/9 prosecutors in Pskov region announced they have opened a criminal investigation into a brutal attack on local public figure Lev Shlosberg that took place on 29/8. (, 1/9)

On 1/9 Mikhail Fedotov, chair of the Presidential Human Rights Council, wrote to Aleksandr Bastrykin, head of the Investigative Committee, asking him to personally oversee the investigation into the attack on Lev Shlosberg. (, 2/9)

On 31/8 NTV broadcast a 2nd episode of a programme entitled "Friends of the Junta", portraying Russian artists as belonging to a "fifth column" of subversives. (The Moscow Times, 1/9)

On 3/9 Vladimir artist Sergei Sotov said he was tricked into making statements about the alleged theft of a painting that resulted in a new case against Aleksei Navalny, who remains under house arrest. (, 3/9)

On 4/9 Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina launched a news service, MediaZona, to focus on the courts, law enforcement, and the prison system in Russia. (Pitchfork, 5/9)

Right of association
As reported by Kommersant on 2/9, the Presidential Human Rights Council has prepared amendments to a controversial law that would stop NGOs from being fined for failing to register as "foreign agents". (The Moscow Times, 3/9)

On 3/9 the Justice Ministry added the Moscow-based PIR Center to its register of "foreign agents" [On 29/8 the Ministry had added Institute for Freedom of Information and Soldiers' Mothers of St. Petersburg to the register]. (The Moscow Times, 3/9)

LGBTI rights
On 4/9 the Murmansk Electoral Commission found no violations of electoral legislation in a homophobic video by Murmansk City Council deputies Oleg Guz and Almaz Gismeev. (, 4/9)

On 2/9 Sergei Aksenov, de facto PM of Crimea annexed by Russia in March, said ‘we in Crimea do not need such people,’ referring to gays and other sexual minorities. (RFE/RL, 3/9)

Anti-war protests
On 30-31/8 a series of pickets against war with Ukraine continued in Moscow. (, 1/9)

On 30/9 an anti-war rally was held in St Petersburg. (, 1/9)
Rights in Russia,
5 Sep 2014, 11:58