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Week-ending 12 February 2016




Kasyanov attacked 
in Moscow...

...and Vladimir

Stores demolished

Only 6% illegal

Igor Matveev 

AI on Pavlensky

HRW on Pavlensky

Aleksei Navalny suit against Putin rejected
Right of association
On 10/2 prominent human rights group in Tatarstan, Agora Human Rights Association, was ordered shut by a regional court. Agora said it would appeal. (The Washington Post, 10/2)

On 10/2 Saria Saburskaya, Tatarstan's human rights ombudswoman, said it is premature to carry out a court order closing down the Agora human rights group (RFE/RL, 10/2)

On 11/2 the Justice Ministry asked Moscow's Basmanny district court to ban independent election monitor Golos. Golos will appeal the ruling. (The Moscow Times, 11/2)

Political parties
On 9/2 Mikhail Kasyanov, a leading figure in the opposition whose image Ramzan Kadyrov menacingly posted online in the cross hairs of a sniper rifle this month, was attacked in Moscow by a dozen or so men who placed a cake on his head at a restaurant. (The New York Times, 9/2)

On 11/2 Mikhail Kasyanov was pelted with eggs as he stepped out of his car in the city of Vladimir, some 200 kilometers east of Moscow. (RFE/RL, 11/2)

Property rights
On the night of 8/2 demolition of kiosks and small shops began in Moscow, with 55% of properties subject to removal completely removed. (The Moscow Times, 9/2)

On 12/2 Russia's Supreme Court confirmed that only 6 percent of street properties recently demolished by City Hall were constructed illegally. (The Moscow Times, 12/2)

Justice system 
On 8/2 former Interior Ministry officer Igor Matveev, sent to prison after claiming soldiers were fed dog food, was released after serving a sentence of more than four years. (RFE/RL, 8/2)

On 11/2 Amnesty International urged the authorities to grant Petr Pavlensky, confined involuntarily in a psychiatric hospital, access to his lawyer and contact with family, and ensure he is not being subjected to non-consensual psychiatric treatment, or other forms of ill-treatment. (Amnesty International, 11/2)

On 12/2 Human Rights Watch called on the authorities to immediately release Petr Pavlensky and protect his right to due process and access to legal counsel. (Human Rights Watch, 12/2)

On 12/2 a Moscow court rejected opposition leader Aleksei Navalny's lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin accusing the Russian leader of a conflict of interest in the awarding of $1.75 billion in government financing to a company partly owned by his son-in-law. (RFE/RL, 12/2)
Rights in Russia,
15 Feb 2016, 02:52