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Week-ending 8 July 2011

posted 10 Jul 2011, 12:45 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Jul 2011, 12:47 ]

Criticism of bill on ECtHR

Europe calls for free elections

Travel ban for Nemtsov: on, off

Human Rights Council reports on Magnitsky case

President says death ‘criminal’

Protestors injured

Recommendations on Nth Caucasus 

On bodies of slain rebels

FSB head critical of Internet

Poverty increases in Russia
Russia and Europe 
On 8/7 Konstantin Kosachev, head of the State Duma’s International Affairs Committee, criticized the bill to empower the Constitutional Court to block judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. (, 9/7) 

The European Parliament called on Russia (7/7) to guarantee free elections and lift curbs on the opposition Party of People's Freedom. (The Moscow Times, 8/7) 

Russian authorities lifted a travel ban on Boris Nemtsov just hours after confirming he had been barred from leaving the country for six months. The ban was criticized by European lawmakers in a resolution adopted in Strasbourg. (RFE/RL, 7/7) 

Magnitsky case 
report by the Presidential Human Rights Council presented to President Medvedev on 5/7 named police and judicial officials implicated in the 2009 death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and said eight prison guards severely beat Magnitsky shortly before his death. (The Moscow Times, 6/77/7

President Medvedev admitted the death in prison of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who accused officials of corruption was the result of ‘criminal actions.’ (RFE/RL, 6/7) 

Khimki Forest 
Activist Evgeniya Chirikova and about ten supporters were wounded in Khimki Forest in a confrontation with staff of a private security firm on 3/7. (, 3/7) 

North Caucasus 
At a meeting of the Presidential Human Rights Council on 5/7 in Nal'chik (Kabardino-Balkaria), Svetlana Gannushkina handed President Medvedev “Recommendations on Measures to Overcome the Crisis in the North Caucasus.” (, 6/7) 

Defying federal law, Ingush leader Yunus-Bek Evkurov ordered that the bodies of slain rebels be turned over to their relatives. Slain rebels are supposed to be buried in unmarked graves according to a 2002 law. (The Moscow Times, 7/7) 

Federal Security Service director Aleksander Bortnikov warned (6/7) that the Internet was used to lure people into extremist groups. (The Moscow Times, 7/7) 

Economic, social and cultural rights 
The number of officially recognized impoverished Russians increased by 2.3 million to 22.9 million, or 16 percent of the population, in the first quarter of 2011, compared with the same period last year. (The Moscow Times, 5/7)
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