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Week-ending 11 November 2011

posted 13 Nov 2011, 10:46 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Nov 2011, 10:59 ]

Opposition parties plan monitoring


Abuses in Voronezh reported

Low trust in police

Record bail demand

Fine for “black magic” 

Dudarev denied parole

Kashin sceptical on investigation

Reporters detained

ECtHR rules in Yakubov case

Rapid Reaction Centre set up
Sergei Mironov, leader of the Just Russia party, said 10/11 he was coordinating plans with other opposition parties to post election monitors at polling stations, and if there was a big discrepancy between their exit polls and the official result, to “bring our people out on to the streets.” (The Independent, 11/11)

Moscow-based NGO Golos (Vote) says it has registered more than 1,000 violations of election-related laws. (RFE / RE, 9/11)

Voronezh region officials including governor Aleksei Gordeyev have asked subordinates to confirm in writing that they will vote for the ruling United Russia party in the State Duma elections on 4/12, Kommersant reported on 7/11. (The Moscow Times, 8/11)

Justice system
According to a report by the Public Verdict Foundation, only 6% of the public have confidence in the police. (, 10/11)

On 8/11 a Moscow court agreed to release seriously ill business woman Natalya Gulevich from pretrial detention if she posts a record bail of $3.3 million by 14/11. (The Moscow Times, 9/11)

On 9/11 Alevtina Mekhanoshina, a Perm region businesswoman, has been fined 8,000 rubles ($260) for trying to use “black magic” to put a curse on an assistant prosecutor handling a case against her son. (The Moscow Times, 11/11)

Maksim Dudarev, an ex-employee of Russia's state property agency who was punished after saying the authorities fraudulently sold a stake in the oil giant Yukos has had his parole request turned down on 8/11. (RFE / RL, 9/11)

Journalist Oleg Kashin, brutally beaten on 6/11/10, expressed scepticism about the likelihood of the Investigative Committee finding those responsible for the attack. (, 6/11)

Two reporters were detained in Moscow on 6/11, the first anniversary of the attack on Oleg Kashin, during a protest outside Moscow police headquarters against the police investigation into last year's beating of the journalist. (The Moscow Times)

European Court of Human Rights
On 8/11 the European Court of Human Rights ruled in the case of Yakubov v Russia that should Russia carry out the expulsion of Umid Yakubov to Uzbekistan, it would lead to a violation of Article 3 of the European Convention. (Memorial, 10/11)

Human Rights Defenders
On 4/11 Moscow Helsinki Group and the international Youth Human Rights Movement announced the creation of a Rapid Reaction Centre for the protection of human rights defenders in Russia. (, 7/11)