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Week-ending 6 May 2011

posted 8 May 2011, 14:21 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 May 2011, 14:23 ]

FSB reportedly leaks info about donors

Tikhonov, Khasis sentenced

ECtHR rules in Sutyagin v Russia

Court orders arrest of Hermitage partner

Medvedev misses Beslan meeting

Khimki Forest activist beaten

May Day rallies

Compensation for torture victim

Church of Scientology literature no longer ‘extremist’
Security services
Yandex confirmed (2/5) the FSB had requested information on people who used its web money system to donate to Aleksei Navalny's anti-corruption project. The information was reported leaked to third parties. (The Moscow Times, 3/5)

Court rulings
Moscow City Court sentenced (6/5) Nikita Tikhonov to life imprisonment for the January 2009 murder of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and Novaya gazeta journalist Anastasia Baburova. Tikhonov’s accomplice, Evgeniya Khasis was sentenced to 18 years in a strict regime penal colony. (, 7/5)

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Igor Sutyagin, a former arms control researcher freed in a US spy swap last year, was detained for too long and denied a fair trial in 2004. The Court ordered the Russian government to pay Sutyagin damages of 20,000 euros ($29,600). (The Moscow Times, 4/5)

A Moscow court ordered (4/5) the arrest of Ivan Cherkasov, a London-based partner at the Hermitage Capital investment fund based in London, on charges of tax fraud. Case investigator Oleg Silchenko said Hermitage founder Bill Browder was on an international wanted list. (The Moscow Times, 5/5)

Civil society
President Medvedev missed a meeting with mothers who lost their children in the 2004 Beslan tragedy, possibly fearing they would criticize his patron and predecessor Vladimir Putin. No reason for the cancellation was given. (The Moscow Times, 6/5)

Aleksei Belykh, an activist of the Defenders of the Khimki Forest movement, was attacked and beaten by a group of people when he and other activists went to the Khimki Forest near Starbeyevo town after they learned trees had been felled there. (RFE/RL, 5/5)

In Moscow on 1/5 an estimated 40,000 people took part in street events. A total of 24 political parties and movements had submitted notices of their intention to hold events. (, 1/5)

Police abuse
Vitaly Rubtsov, tortured by police in 2009, was awarded (5/5) the equivalent of $12,500 in compensation by a court in the city of Chita. (RFE/RL, 5/5)

Freedom of conscience
A statement (2/5) on the website of the Church of Scientology’s Russian branch said 29 books and lectures by the movement's founder, L. Ron Hubbard, banned in late April after a Surgut court found them extremist, had been removed from the Justice Ministry’s list of extremist literature. (The Moscow Times, 5/5)
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8 May 2011, 14:22