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Week-ending 16 December 2011

posted 18 Dec 2011, 22:57 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Dec 2011, 22:58 ]

Kamalov shot dead 

Firings at Kommersant 

Freedom of press 

Call for Internet regulation 


About 600 arrested


Jailed activists appeal to ECtHR

Putin dismisses fraud allegations 

Amnesty calls for Udaltsov's release 

Udaltsov hospitalized

Round Table 

Rally on 24/12
Media rights 
Khadzhimurad Kamalov, journalist and founder of Chernovik, a popular newspaper in Dagestan, was shot to death on 15/12 in Makhachkala. (New York Times, 16/12) 

Kommersant Vlast editor Maxim Kovalsky and Kommersant holding general manager Andrei Galiyev were fired 12/12 by the owner Alisher Usmanov over the publication of an obscene photo lampooning PM Vladimir Putin. On 14/12 over 100 journalists signed an open letter in protest. (The Moscow Times, 15/12) 

The Moscow Charter of Journalists issued a statement calling for freedom of the press and an end to censorship and pressure on the mass media. (, 13/12) 

Nikolai Patrushev, head of the Security Council said the Internet must be subject to “reasonable regulation,” in remarks published on 14/12. (The Moscow Times, 15/12) 

Electoral fraud 
Tens of thousands protested in Moscow on 10/12 against election fraud and called for new elections. (The Moscow Times, 10/12) 

According to data gathered by the Inter-regional Information Group about 600 people were detained at demonstrations on 10/12 in 35 Russian cities. (, 13/12) 

On 11/12 President Medvedev ordered an investigation into allegations of voting fraud. (The Independent, 12/12) 

Activists Aleksei Navalny and Ilya Yashin, jailed for 15 days for disobeying police at a rally on 5/12, appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. (The Moscow Times, 14/12) 

On 15/12 in a phone-in broadcast on television Putin dismissed allegations that election fraud distorted the final results of parliamentary elections held on 4/12. (RFE/RL, 15/12) 

Amnesty International called for the release of Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov, in detention following his arrest in Moscow on 4/12 solely for attempting to lead peaceful protests against alleged election fraud (Amnesty International, 13/12) 

Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov was briefly hospitalized on 15/12 for the third time since he began a hunger strike following his arrest on 4/12. (The Moscow Times, 16/12) 

On 12/12 the founding meeting took place of a civil society Round Table intended to ease a peaceful transition to a democratic system. (, 12/12) 

On 14/12 Moscow City Hall gave a verbal authorization for a protest against electoral fraud on 24/12 for a total of 50,000 demonstrators. (The Moscow Times, 15/11)
Rights in Russia,
18 Dec 2011, 23:00