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Week-ending 15 April 2011

posted 18 Apr 2011, 00:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Apr 2011, 00:07 ]
New allegations over Yukos trial
Udaltsov detained
Vorotnikov may face new charges
New report on attacks on journalists
Novaya gazeta suffers cyber attack
FSB call to ban Skype, Gmail, Hotmail
ECtHR ruling on law on parties
Rot Front denied registration
Suspended sentence for racist assault
Mayor broke no law in ‘killing’ statement
Prosecutors fired for corruption
Yukos case
Igor Kravchenko, a former administrator at the Khamovnichesky District Court, told Novaya gazeta in an interview published on 15/4 that Moscow City Court interfered in his court’s trial last year of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. (The Moscow Times, 17/4)
Right of assembly
About 12 activists, including Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, were detained on 10/4 when about 100 ‘Day of Rage’ protestors tried to march on the president's offices. (RFE/RL, 11/4)
St. Petersburg police said bailed Oleg Vorotnikov of the Voina art group may face new charges in relation to alleged actions during a 31/3 rally. (The Moscow Times 15/4)
Media rights
The trend in attacks on journalists changed in 2010 with murders giving place to savage beatings according to a report (13/4) by the Russian Union of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists. (The Moscow Times 14/4)
A large scale cyber attack paralyzed the web site of Novaya Gazeta early on 8/4, days after similar attacks knocked out LiveJournal. The newspaper's web site was working as normal on 10/4. (The Moscow Times, 11/4)
The FSB called for a ban on Skype, Gmail and Hotmail as a threat to national security but subsequently backtracked. (The Moscow Times, 10/4)
Law on Parties
The European Court of Human Rights declared Russia's law on political parties draconian and ruled the 2007 dissolution of the Republican Party was unjustified. (The Moscow Times, 13/4)
A fifth registration attempt by the leftist Rot Front party was rejected on the grounds that its emblem, a clenched fist over a red star, can be seen as a ‘symbol of extremism,’ the group said (12/4). (The Moscow Times, 13/4)
Vladislav Khakhanov was given a six-month suspended sentence for assaulting a man of ‘non-Slavic appearance’ (14/4) in a first trial over December’s Manezh riots. (The Moscow Times, 15/4)

Chita prosecutors ruled (11/4) city Mayor Anatoly Mikhalev violated no laws when he publicly expressed regret federal law does not allow killing the homeless. (The Moscow Times 12/4)

Top Moscow region prosecutor Aleksandr Mokhov and two of his deputies implicated in illegal gambling were sacked (14/4) for ‘violating a prosecutor's oath.’ (The Moscow Times, 15/4)
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18 Apr 2011, 00:06