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Week-ending 15 June 2012

posted 17 Jun 2012, 17:57 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Jun 2012, 17:59 ]

New law enters into force 

Five arrested over 6/5 violence 

Opposition leaders' homes searched 

Website attacks 

Oppostion leaders questioned 

March of Milions 

Three-person protest ‘unlawful’  

Paper alleges  Bastrykin threat 
Call for investigation 

Georgia v Russia at ECtHR
Right of assembly 
On 9/6 the new law dramatically raising potential fines for people found guilty of participating in unsanctioned rallies entered into force following publication by the officialRossiiskaya gazeta newspaper. Putin signed the law on 8/6. (RFE/RL, 9/6) 

On 10/6 Russian authorities said they had arrested five more people in a continuing investigation of clashes between protesters and riot police officers at a demonstration on May 6, the day before Vladimir V. Putin inauguration for a third term as president. (The New York Times, 10/6) 

On 11/6, investigators searched the apartments of opposition activists in Moscow, including those of Aleksei Navalny, Sergei Udaltsov, Kseniya Sobchak, Boris Nemtsov, Ilya Yashin, Pyotr Verzilov and Maria Baranova. Solidarnost activist Mikhail Maglov was detained. (, 11/6) 

On 12/6 websites of Echo of Moscow RadioNovaya gazetaRain TV and Slon.Ru suffered DDoS attacks. ( , 13/6) 

On 12/6 police interrogated leading opposition figures Aleksei Navalny, Ilya Yashin and Ksenia Sobchak. Opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, ordered to appear before the Investigative Committee, chose to attend the rally. (The Moscow Times, 13/6) 

On 12/6 a ‘March of Millions’ took place in Moscow on Russia Day calling for “a free Russia” and “a Russia without Putin”. Various sources put the total number of protestors at between 50,000 and 200,000 people. (, 13/6) 

On 12/6 three Kemerovo residents were detained by police for walking down a central city street with white ribbons and balloons in what local police deemed an unsanctioned protest. (The Moscow Times, 15/6) 

Alleged threat by Bastrykin against Novaya gazeta deputy editor
On 13/6 Novaya gazeta chief editor Dmitry Muratov claimed Aleksandr Bastrykin, head of the Investigative Committee, threatened his deputy editor Sergei Sokolov, who has fled the country for fear of his safety. (The Moscow Times, 14/6) 

On 13/6 the Union of Journalists of Russia appealed to the General Procurator’s Office to examine information about the conflict between Bastrykin and Sokolov. ( , 14/6) 

Ethnic discrimination 
On 13/6 the European Court of Human Rights began to hear the case of Georgia v Russia. The application concerned the collective expulsion of Georgian population from Russia in autumn of 2006 and in the beginning of 2007 and widespread violations of their rights. (Memorial, 14/6)
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