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Week-ending 13 May 2011

posted 15 May 2011, 14:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 May 2011, 15:02 ]
Amnesty report
Nationalist group registered
Khimki forest activists arrested
Fraud investigation against Navalny
Navalny not to seek immunity
Senior police officers dismissed
Prosecutors arrested in ‘turf war’
Medvedev promises improved conditions for military
News website given warning
Human rights report
On 13/5 Amnesty International issued its annual report on human rights in the world. According to the authors of the report, the situation with human rights in Russia has not changed over the past year and remains poor. (, 14/5)
Political groups
The nationalist Congress of Russian Communities won a five-year battle for registration with the Justice Ministry on 11/5. Dmitry Rogozin told Nezavisimaya gazeta the group’s focus is to defend ethnic Russians’ rights. (The Moscow Times, 13/5)
Civic activists & the law
On 8/5 police arrested at least 20 environmental activists protesting against damage to Moscow's Khimki forest as part of a controversial highway plan including Sergei Udaltsov, Yevgenia Chirikova and Sergei Mitrokhin. The police charged the activists with holding an unsanctioned demonstration. (RFE/RL, 8/5)
The Investigative Committee said 10/5 it has reopened a fraud case against Aleksei Navalny, the blogger who has made enemies with his corruption allegations. (The Moscow Times, 11/5)
Aleksei Navalny said 11/5 he would not avoid a criminal case against him by seeking parliamentary immunity by running for election. (The Moscow Times, 12/5)
Law enforcement
Six senior regional police officers, three from the Kemerovo region, and one each from Krasnodar, Saratov and Tatarstan, lost their jobs on 10/5 in the latest round of Kremlin-ordered sackings at the Interior Ministry. (The Moscow Times, 11/5)
The Investigative Committee appears to be winning a turf war with the Prosecutor General's Office, arresting Dmitry Urumov and Vladimir Glebov, two former senior Moscow region prosecutors detained in an investigation into illegal gambling in the Moscow region, and 10 others. (The Moscow Times, 12/5)
President Medvedev said on 9/5 in a Victory Day address to the armed forces Russia was committed to peace and promised a decent life to those serving in the military, tarnished with hazing scandals and inefficiency. (The Moscow Times, 10/5)
The Russian official media watchdog RosKomNadzor issued a formal warning, two of which allow authorities to close a media outlet, after the news website broadcast a video (10/5) of four teens sexually assaulting a schoolboy. (The Moscow Times, 12/5)
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15 May 2011, 15:02