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Week-ending 8 April 2011

posted 10 Apr 2011, 23:50 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Apr 2011, 23:52 ]
Rally against corruption
Police officials dismissed
Public distrust the police
Access to detention facilities improved
Whistleblower fears for life
No release on health grounds 
DoS attack on LiveJournal
Voina wins art prize
FSB call to ban Skype, Gmail and Hotmail
Police official assaults journalist
Book seized in Moscow region
Electoral law amended
Corruption in construction
About 300 people took part in a rally (3/4) on Moscow’s Pushkin Square against corruption in the construction industry and government failure to respond to public concerns. (, 3/4)
Justice system
President Medvedev dismissed 22 police generals and reappointed 19 others (2-3/4). (The Moscow Times, 4/4)
A month after the start of police reform, Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev said (6/4) improvements are already tangible, but a survey found that public attitudes toward the police remain overwhelmingly negative. (The Moscow Times, 7/4)
On 7/4 President Medvedev signed into law a bill giving a range of senior officials and rights activists access to detention facilities without special permits. (The Moscow Times, 8/4)
Grigory Chekalin, former Ukhta city deputy prosecutor in the Komi republic, said in an open letter that he feared for his life for his whistleblowing accusations. (The Moscow Times, 5/4)
Gennady Uminsky, a convicted murderer dying of diabetes, has asked to be put to death. Judges have persistently refused to free the bed-ridden Uminsky. (The Moscow Times, 6/4)
LiveJournal Russia, the country's main platform for uncensored political discussion, recovered on 5/4 from its biggest-ever hacker attack — which bloggers said could not have been staged without state resources. (The Moscow Times, 6/4)
The Voina performance art group won (7/4) the visual art prize at the Innovation Awards and Novosibirsk artist Artem Loskutov won the prize for best regional project. (, 9/4)
The FSB called (8/4) for a ban on Skype, Gmail and Hotmail as a major threat to national security but backtracked after a squabble erupted between the camps of President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin. (The Moscow Times, 10/4)
Aleksei Klimov, acting head of a department at the police precinct in the town of Moskovsky, outside Moscow, was fired on 4/4 for assaulting a journalist. (The Moscow Times, 5/4)
Moscow region police seized some 3,500 copies of Corporation 'Moscow Region': How Russia's Richest Region Was Bankrupted by Anna Sokolova, a Forbes Russia reporter, about corruption in the region. (The Moscow Times, 4/4)
President Medvedev on 7/4 signed a law that allows opposition parties to field election candidates in regions and municipalities where they have no offices. (The Moscow Times, 8/4)
Rights in Russia,
10 Apr 2011, 23:52