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Week-ending 14 October 2011

posted 16 Oct 2011, 10:39 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Oct 2011, 10:41 ]

Death in pre-trial detention

Voina member to seek compensation

Alleged abuse of extremism laws

Udaltsov goes on hunger strike 

Day of wrath arrests 

Chaika says corruption up 

Schröder entry ban ‘a mistake’ 

New UK inquiries in Litvinenko case 

Celebrities at Kadyrov’s party

OSCE agrees to 200 observers
Pre-trial detention deaths 
Human rights activists launched an investigation into the death of Andrei Kudoyarov an elite Moscow high school’s principal in pre-trial detention on 8/10 five months after he was detained on suspicion of taking bribes. (The Moscow Times, 11/10)

Dealing with dissent 
Leonid Nikolayev, a member of the radical art group Voina, said 11/10 he is seeking compensation from the government for unjustified prosecution after criminal charges against him were dropped on 1/9. (The Moscow Times, 13/10) 

Human Rights First said Russian law enforcement and prosecutorial officials use anti-extremist legislation to persecute journalists, independent media and human rights groups and religious organizations. (Human Rights First, 8/10) 

Right of assembly 
Sergei Udaltsov, a coordinator for the opposition movement Left Front, sentenced to 10 days' administrative detention on 13/10 after being found guilty of resisting police, announced he is going on a “dry hunger strike” in protest. (RFE / RL,14/10) 

About 200 people took part in a Day of Wrath rally on 12/10 in Moscow. Four arrests were made. (The Other Russia, 14/10) 

On 12/10 Prosecutor General Yury Chaika told police officials corruption in state tenders is getting worse. Police found 1,250 cases of corruption in state tenders in the first six months of 2011, up 25% on 2010. (The Moscow Times, 13/10) 

Hans-Henning Schröder deportation 
On 7/10 the Russian Foreign Ministry told the German government that the entry ban and deportation of academic Hans-Henning Schröder was a mistake. (The Moscow Times, 10/10) 

Litvinenko case 
On 13/10 a British coroner ordered new inquiries into the murder of Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London five years ago as police said prosecutors were considering fresh evidence. (The Moscow Times, 14/10) 

North Caucasus 
Human Rights Watch said Holywood stars and other celebrities who attended the Chechen leader’s birthday in Grozny on 5/10 should not keep money or gifts they received. (, 11/10) 

On 11/10, the OSCE accepted an invitation to send just 200 observers for the State Duma elections this December — 60 less than it had demanded. (The Moscow Times, 12/10)