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Week-ending 2 December 2011

posted 4 Dec 2011, 23:21 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Dec 2011, 23:41 ]

Putin accuses West

Yabloko ads ban

Opposition TV ads banned 

Golos objects to smear campaign 

Golos fined 

Hermitage report on Magnitsky

Rights activists say Magnitsky beaten 

Officials say Lugovoi a victim 

Russian interns at ECtHR concern

Corruption high in Russia 

Call for federal anti-LGBT bill 

HRW condems anti-LGBT bill
On 27/11 Vladimir Putin, the country's de facto president-in-waiting, told the West to butt out of Russia’s internal affairs and stop funding human rights groups. (The Telegraph, 27/11) 

The Moscow metro ordered election ads for the Yabloko party to be removed from stations. (The Moscow Times, 28/11) 

Campaign ads by opposition parties were banned on state television by order of the Central Elections Commission, Vedomosti reported 28/11. (The Moscow Times, 29/11) 

On 29/11 Golos, Russia’s sole independent elections watchdog, accused state-run media of mounting a smear campaign against it days ahead of the elections. (The Moscow Times, 30/11) 

On 2/12 a Moscow court fined Golos $1,000 for breaking Russian law by publishing citizens’ complaints of campaign abuses during the election run-up. (The New York Times, 3/12) 

Magnitsky case 
report by Hermitage Capital on 28/11 said that lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was left to die on a cell floor after suffering a brain trauma in a beating apparently ordered by prison officials. (The Moscow Times, 29/11)

Members of the Presidential Human Rights Council said Sergei Magnitsky may have been beaten by prison guards before he died in pretrial detention in November 2009. (RFE/RL, 29/11) 

Litvinenko case 
On 30/11 the Investigative Committee said Andrei Lugovoi was also a victim of the 2006 polonium poisoning that killed Aleksandr Litvinenko in London. (The Moscow Times, 1/12)

European Court of Human Rights 
On 1/12 human rights defenders expressed concern concern about the employment by the European Court of Human Rights of interns selected by the Russian Ministry of Justice. (, 1/12) 

Corruption in Russia remains high, with the country ranking 143rd out of 182 countries in Transparency International's 2011Corruption Perceptions Index published on 1/12 (News.Az, 1/12) 

LGBT rights 
On 2/12 Deputy PM Dmitry Kozak called for criminalization of public actions that promote “pederasty, lesbianism, bisexuality, and transgenderism among minors.” (The Moscow Times, 5/12) 

On 28/11 Human Rights Watch said the St. Petersburg legislative assembly should throw out a discriminatory bill that would deny freedom of expression to the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. (Human Rights Watch, 28/11)
Rights in Russia,
4 Dec 2011, 23:23