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Week-ending 3 July 2015



‘Undesirable’ organizations 





Investigative Committee 


Union of Soldiers’ Mothers Committees
On 2/7 a bill was introduced to the State Duma to establish a “presumption of trust and support” for police officers, limiting prosecution for actions on duty. (The Moscow Times, 2/7)

On 3/7 the State Duma passed a bill that would force online search engines like Google to remove search results about a specific person at that person's request. (RFE/RL, 3/7)

On 3/7 chair of the Federation Council's constitutional legislation committee, said the Justice Ministry, Prosecutor General's Office, the FSB and police would assist in drawing up a list of ‘undesirable’ foreign organizations. (The Moscow Times, 3/7)

On 1/7 the Constitutional Court upheld the legality of early parliamentary elections, clearing the way for lawmakers to vote on bringing forward next year's State Duma elections by three months from December to September. (RFE/RL, 1/7)

On 2/7 the European Court of Human Rights agreed to rule in a case brought by nearly 400 survivors and family members of victims of the 2004 Beslan school hostage-taking 2004 that left more than 300 dead. (The Moscow Times, 2/7)

On 30/6 the Supreme Court authorized courts to translate documents into Braille and hire sign language interpreters for hearings involving people with disabilities. (RAPSI, 30/6)

Right of assembly
On 28/6 about 40 people protested on the Arbat against recent detentions of street musicians accused of participating in unauthorized rallies and fined. (The Moscow Times, 29/6)

On 30/6 the Investigative Committee said it is reopening a criminal investigation into the 1998 murder of Vladimir Petukhov, then mayor of Nefteyugansk, and named Mikhail Khodorkovsky as prime suspect. (RFE/RL, 30/6)

On 30/6 Nizhny Novgorod's Lobachevsky State University said Kendrick White, a US citizen, was being let go as vice rector for innovation days after State-controlled TV questioned why an American held such a post. (RFE/RL, 4/7)

On 29/6 the Union of Soldiers' Mothers' Committees cast doubt on denials by military prosecutors in Moscow that Aleksandr Aleksandrov was on active duty when captured fighting in Ukraine on 16/5. Aleksandrov denies he had resigned his commission. (The Moscow Times, 29/6)
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6 Jul 2015, 03:29