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Week-ending 4 November 2011

posted 6 Nov 2011, 11:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Nov 2011, 11:58 ]

Probe into Magnitsky death completed 

Brutality of prison officer filmed 

NTV cut documentary on human rights

Violations against journalists

Nationalists march in Moscow 

Detentions at Strategy-31 demo

Protestor detained 

Sufi sheikh shot dead 

Jehovah’s Witness convicted of inciting hatred
Places of detention 
The Investigative Committee said on 1/11 it has completed its probe into Larisa Litvinova, a doctor at Moscow's Butyrskaya pretrial prison, and her superior, Dmitry Kratov, charged in the 2009 death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, and the case was ready to proceed. (The Moscow Times, 2/11) 

A Russian prison official has been placed in detention for at least two months after footage of him punching, kicking and pulling the hair of female inmates was leaked online. (France 24, 31/10) 

Media freedom 
On 30/10 NTV was to broadcast a documentary about on-going abductions in Chechnya and the work of the Joint Mobile Group of human rights defenders and Islam Umarpashayev’s case. However, the story was shown only in the Far East and the Urals and then taken off the air. (Committee Against Torture, 31/10) 

More than 150 journalists nationwide have been beaten, maimed or threatened this year, with perpetrators remaining unpunished in most cases, Pavel Gusev, head of the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily, said at a session of the Public Chamber on 2/11. (The Moscow Times, 3/11) 

Right of assembly 
An estimated 10,000 nationalists marched in Moscow on 4/11, National Unity Day, to call for ethnic Russians to ‘take back’ Russia. (RFE / RL, 4/11) 

Strategy-31 held unsanctioned protest rallies in Moscow and St. Petersburg on 31/10. Police detained at least 10 of the 50 demonstrators who gathered in Moscow’s Triumfalnaya Square. (RIA Novosti, 31/10) 

On 28/10 Dmitry Putenikhin, of The Other Russia, was detained and faces two years in jail for splashing water in the face of prosecutor Aleksei Smirnov in protest at the jailing of other members of The Other Russia for participating in last December’s Manezh Square riots. (The Moscow Times 1/11) 

Freedom of conscience 
Sirajudin Israfilov, a Sufi sheikh, was shot dead at his home in a village in southeastern part of the Russian republic of Daghestan on 27/10. His brother said he was shot dead at close range by two men in camouflage clothes. (RFE / RL, 28/10) 

The ruling on 3/11 by a court in Altai Republic which found Aleksandr Kalistratov, a Jehovah's Witness, guilty of inciting hatred and enmity against other religious groups for distributing literature is an attack on freedom of expression and religion, Amnesty International said. (Amnesty International, 3/11)