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Week-ending 17 February 2012

posted 20 Feb 2012, 00:23 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Feb 2012, 00:34 ]

Painting ‘extremist’

GazpromMedia v Ekho Moskvy 

Accounts hacked 

Political show pulled 

Dozhd investigated

Nivat expelled 

Bank searched 


Putin dominating TV 

Golos forced out  

Car protests 

European parliament  

Freedom of association 

Osipova sentence quashed, new trial
On 14/2 a painting by Aleksandr Savko ‘Sermon on the Mount’ was ruled extremist by Kaluga region court. (, 14/2) 

On 14/2 Aleksei Venediktov, editor of Ekho Moskvy radio, said he and his deputy will resign in protest from the board after majority owner GazpromMedia demanded the ouster of two independent board members. (The Moscow Times, 15/2) 

Ekho Moskvy’s Aleksei Plushchev said hackers had taken over his e-mail and blog accounts. (The Moscow Times, 16/2) 

Russian MTV pulled a new talk show, Gosdep, in which members of the country's opposition had been given a voice presented by Ksenia Sobchak. (The Moscow Times, 15/2) 

On 16/2 head of web television channel Dozhd said Moscow prosecutors had requested information about how the channel financed coverage of protest rallies. (The Moscow Times, 17/2) 

French journalist Anne Nivat, detained on 10/2, was expelled on 12/2 for alleged visa violations. On 16/2 head of the migration service condemned the decision and said Nivat will be allowed to return to Russia. (The Moscow Times, 14/217/2

On 17/2 the FSB searched a bank owned by Aleksander Lebedev who funds Novaya gazeta. (The Moscow Times, 20/2) 

Prime minister Putin refused to meet election observers from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. (RFE/RL, 11/2) 

On 13/2 the League of Voters said Russian TV channels were violating the law and broadcasting campaigning materials exclusively on behalf of Vladimir Putin. (, 13/2) 

On 15/2 independent election monitor Golos said it had been forced to move its Moscow office. (The Moscow Times, 16/2) 

Hundreds of protesters drove cars around in central Moscow on 19/2 to demand free elections in Russia. (The Guardian, 19/2) 

On 16/2 the European Parliament called on the Russian authorities to investigate comprehensively and transparently all reports of fraud and intimidation. (RFE/RL, 16/2) 

Right of association 
Moscow Helsinki Group published a report on freedom of association which says the authorities continue to create artificial barriers to the development of civil society. (, 14/2) 

Unfair trial 
On 15/2 Smolensk court overturned a 10-year prison sentence on drug charges given to opposition activist Taisiya Osipova and ordered a new trial. (The Moscow Times, 16/2)
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20 Feb 2012, 00:34