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Week-ending 7 October 2011

posted 10 Oct 2011, 01:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Oct 2011, 01:16 ]

German academic refused entry

Investigator charged 

UK blacklist

Amnesty calls for justice

New database

RusLeaks suspended

New charges in Politkovskaya case

Aleksanyan dead at 39

Protest broken up

Gay pride arrests

Racist violence

Opposition leaders call for boycott
German academic refused entry 
German academic Hans-Henning Schröder was refused entry into Russia on arrival at a Moscow airport on 5/10 on grounds he was a threat to national security. (The Moscow Times, 7/10) 

Magnitsky case 
Nelli Dmitriyeva, a senior police investigator implicated in the prosecution of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, has been charged with extorting a $3 million bribe, officials said on 6/10. (The Moscow Times, 6/10) 

Britain has secretly blacklisted at least 60 Russian officials implicated in the 2009 prison death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, a British media report said on 1/10. (The Moscow Times, 3/10) 

Media rights 
On 5/10 Amnesty International called on the Russian authorities to bring the perpetrators of attacks on human rights defenders and journalists to justice. (Amnesty International, 5/10) 

A group of media NGOs launched a new database on violations of the rights of journalists in Russia on 4/10. (, 5/10) 

RusLeaks, the Russian answer to WikiLeaks, has been suspended amid an investigation into whether it breached privacy rights. (The Moscow Times, 5/10) 

Russian investigators marked the 5th anniversary of journalist Anna Politkovskaya's killing on 7/10 by filing new charges against Lom-Ali Gaitukayev accused of organizing the killing. (Khodorkovsky & Lebedev Communications Centre, 7/10) 

Former Yukos vice president Vasily Aleksanyan, who fought a protracted legal battle with the authorities before finally being freed on bail in 2009 to seek treatment for AIDS-related illnesses, died on 3/10. He was 39. (The Moscow Times, 4/10) 

Right of assembly 
Moscow police brutally dispersed an opposition protest on 5/10 against PM Putin, detaining 24. (The Moscow Times, 5/10) 

On 1/10 forty people were detained by police in the Russian capital during a gay pride rally. (RFE/RL, 2/10) 

Hate crime 
Sova Centre said 16 people have been killed and 90 injured in racist violence since the start of the year. (Sova Centre, 3/10) 

On 6/10 a group of Russian opposition leaders signed a joint declaration pledging to boycott upcoming State Duma elections. (The Other Russia, 5/10)
Rights in Russia,
10 Oct 2011, 01:17