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Week-ending 9 December 2011

posted 11 Dec 2011, 09:56 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Dec 2011, 09:57 ]

Websites hacked

FSB pressure

Call to ban nicknames

Udaltsov detained

Official results

Chechnya results

OSCE report

Protest draws 5,000

Over 400 detained

Memorial criticizes police

Case against Suprun closed

Police still claim ‘heart failure’
On election day (4/12) a number of well-known Russian websites were attacked by hackers, including those of Golos, Echo of Moscow radio, and others. (, 5/12) 

Creator of the social network VKontakte, Pavel Durov, said he had refused an FSB request to block opposition groups. (, 8/12) 

Top police official Aleksei Moshkov said Internet users should be obliged to use their real names: “If you are an honest, law-abiding person, why hide?” (, 8/12) 

Sergei Udaltsov, head of Rot Front, and more than a dozen of his supporters were arrested (4/12) in Moscow in connection with a planned protest calling for a boycott of the elections. (RFE/RL, 4/12) 

According to final election results announced by the Central Electoral Commission , United Russia won 49,3% KPRF 19,2%, A Just Russia 13,2%, LDPR 11,7%, Patriots of Russia 0,97%, and Right Cause 0,6%. (, 9/12) 

United Russia won 99.48 percent of the vote in the Republic of Chechnya, on a turnout of 99.51 percent, the Central Elections Commission said 5/11. (The Moscow Times, 6/12) 

The OSCE said on 5/12 that the vote exhibited “limited political competition and a lack of fairness.” (RFE/RL, 5/12) 

At least 5,000 protesters took part in a Moscow demonstration on 5/12 against the falsification of the election results. The rally ended with mass arrests. (The Moscow Times, 6/12) 

Opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was among more than 400 people arrested on 6/12 at a Moscow protest over electoral fraud. (RFE/RL, 6/12) 

Memorial said the use of force by police on 5/12 and 6/12 to quell protests against electoral fraud when nearly 900 people were detained in Moscow and more than 400 in St. Petersburg was disproportionate and unlawful. (Memorial, 9/12) 

‘Historians’ case’ 
A court in Arkhangelsk closed (8/12) the case against historian Mikhail Suprun, accused of illegally revealing personal data about ethnic Germans in the Soviet Union, on the grounds that the case was too old. (RFE/RL, 8/12) 

Magnitsky case 
The Interior Ministry reiterated (8/12) their claim that lawyer Sergei Magnitsky died from heart failure in jail and not as the result of beating by prison officials. (The Moscow Times, 9/12)
Rights in Russia,
11 Dec 2011, 09:57