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Week-ending 3 February 2012

posted 6 Feb 2012, 01:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Feb 2012, 01:34 ]

Killings in North Caucasus 

Umarov calls halt to attacks 

Car protest 

Golos v Election Commission over Putin

Teachers to rally 

Levada Centre Poll 

Rally’s demands 

LifeNews denies it broke law 

Facebook users sign up for rally 

Activists under police pressure 

Kostenko attacked 

Hate crime appeals rejected
North Caucasus 
Officials said an Islamist warlord, seven militants, four officers and one civilian were killed in three separate incidents in the North Caucasus on 27/1. (The Moscow Times, 30/1) 

On 3/2 Doku Umarov, leader of Islamist rebels in Russia's North Caucasus, ordered fighters under his command to halt attacks on Russia's civilian population. (RFE/RL, 3/2) 

Protests for free and fair elections 
On 29/1, hundreds of cars with white ribbons, banners and balloons protested in Moscow against electoral fraud and urged PM to step down. (The Moscow Times, 30/1) 

On 30/1 independent elections watchdog Golos said PM Putin had illegally started campaigning before the official start of the campaign season. On 31/1 the Central Elections Commission said articles published by Putin in three newspapers were not part of his presidential campaign. (The Moscow Times, 31/11/2

Moscow schoolteachers have been ordered to attend a rally supporting PM Putin planned for 4/2. (The Moscow Times, 31/1) 

According to a poll by Levada Centre, 49% of Russians think the upcoming presidential elections will be fair, while 78% think Vladimir Putin will again become head of state. (, 1/2) 

On 31/1 organizers of the protest rally set for 4/2 said rally would call for the release of political prisoners, democratic reforms, and fresh parliamentary elections. (The Moscow Times, 1/2) 

Tabloid news website Life News said on 1/2 it did not break the law in publishing private telephone conversations of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, because the information contained in the recordings served the public interest. (The Moscow Times, 2/2) 

Some 27,000 signed up on Facebook to take part in a protest in Moscow on 4/2 to demand fair elections, the third such rally since State Duma elections on 4/12. (The Moscow Times, 3/2) 

Rights defenders / Civil society activists 
Russian activists say they have come under pressure from police and security services in advance of their next big protest against contested elections. (The Guardian, 2/2) 

Philip Kostenko, an activist who works at Memorial’s Anti-Discrimination Center in St. Petersburg, was victim of a brutal attack on 3/2. (Human Rights First, 3/2) 

Hate crime 
On 3/2 the Supreme Court of Russia rejected Alexei Voevodin and Artem Prokhorenko’s appeals for clemency. In June 2011, they received life sentences for committing a series of racially-motivated murders. (Human Rights First, 3/2)
Rights in Russia,
6 Feb 2012, 01:35