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Week-ending 10 February 2012

posted 13 Feb 2012, 00:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Feb 2012, 00:54 ]


4th February rally 

Akunin calls for joint stragegy 

Toy protests need official permission 


Education official sacked 

Election official describes fraud 

Yavlinsky bar upheld 

Putin a ‘miracle’ 



Posthumous trial in Magnitsky case 

Firestone in Magnitsky appeal 

List of 39 political prisoners 

Sacking after death in custody 

Nashi accused over hacker attack
Protests against electoral fraud 
Tens of thousands of people marched in Russia's capital Moscow in protest at electoral fraud on 4/2. (BBC, 4/2) 

Boris Akunin, member of the League of Electors and of the organizing committee of the election protests, called for a joint opposition strategy for the presidential elections. (HRO.org, 6/2) 

Authorities in the Siberian city of Barnaul declared it is now illegal to organize antigovernment demonstrations using toy collections unless they have official permission. (RFE/RL, 10/2) 

Elections 
The director of a Moscow training center lost her job for refusing to ensure her employees’ attendance at a rally on 4/2 in support of PM Putin’s presidency bid. (RIA Novosti, 6/2) 

In a video released on 8/2 Irina Kolpakova, an electoral commission official in charge of a polling station in Samara, told how the authorities sought to falsify results in the December parliamentary elections. (RFE/RL, 9/2) 

On 8/2 the Russian Supreme Court upheld a Central Election Commission decision to bar liberal opposition politician Grigory Yavlinsky from next month's presidential election. (RFE/RL, 8/2) 

On 8/2 at a meeting with PM Vladimir Putin the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, characterized Putin's time in charge of Russia as a “miracle.” (RFE / RL, 9/2) 

Justice system 
Interior Ministry investigators are ready to bring the case against late lawyer Sergei Magnitsky who died in pre-trial detention and his employer, Hermitage Capital CEO William Browder, to court, the company said on 7/2. (The Moscow Times, 8/2) 

On 8/2 Jamison Firestone, head of the Firestone Duncan consulting company and former boss of the lawyer Sergei Magnitsky,appealed to the presidential candidates to stop the “mockery” of Magnitsky's family. (HRO.org, 9/2) 

On 8/2, two days after PM Putin said there are no political prisoners in Russia, two activists submitted to the presidential administration a list of 39 inmates whom they describe as “political prisoners.” (RIA Novosti, 9/2) 

On 10/2 head of the St. Petersburg police Mikhail Sukhodolsky was sacked following an investigation into the death in custody of a 15-year-old boy. (The Moscow Times, 13/2) 

On 9/2 a senior Kommersant executive demanded the Prosecutor General's Office open a criminal case against officials at the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi for being behind an Internet attack on the paper several years ago. (The Moscow Times, 10/2)
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Rights in Russia,
13 Feb 2012, 00:54
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