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Week-ending 17 June 2011

posted 20 Jun 2011, 07:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Jun 2011, 07:44 ]
Orlov acquitted
Demo broken up
Where are Khodorkovsky, Lebedev?
Prosecutors dismiss Vasilieva’s allegation
Troitsky’s conviction stands
Civil society festival
Budanov buried with military honours
Abduction, beating in Chechnya
Three deaths under investigation
Ultranationalists sentenced
Freedom of speech
A Moscow court acquitted (14/6) Oleg Orlov, head of the Memorial human rights group, of charges he slandered Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov when he stated Kadyrov was responsible for the killing of Natalia Estemirova. (The Moscow Times, 15/6)
Right of assembly
Police broke up a Day of Wrath demonstration on 12/6 planned to take place on Moscow’s Teatralnaya Square, detaining about 30 people. (, 12/6)
Yukos case
On 17/6 lawyers of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev requested that the Federal Penitentiary Service inform them where their clients are. Unofficial sources said Khodorkovsky was at Penal Colony No. 7 in Karelia, while Lebedev is in Penal Colony No. 14 in Arkhangelsk. (, 18/6)
Investigators said 14/6 that Judge Viktor Danilkin's former assistant Natalia Vasilieva was unable to present convincing evidence that Danilkin was pressured by superiors in the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. (The Moscow Times, 15/6)
Troitsky case
Moscow City Court on appeal upheld the conviction of rock critic Artemy Troitsky for slandering an ex-policeman but ruled that the 130,000 ruble fine should be reviewed. (The Moscow Times, 17/6)
On 17/6 a three-day ‘Anti-Seliger’ festival to ‘strengthen civic consciousness’ began in Khimki forest. (Spero News, 17/6)
North Caucasus
The funeral of former army colonel Yury Budanov, who served 8 years in prison for murdering the young Chechen woman, Elza Kungaeva and was shot dead on 10/6 in Moscow, was held in Khimki outside Moscow with military honours. (, 13/6)
On 10/6 local resident Aslambek Shataev was abducted and severely beaten in Chechnya. He was released from a police station on 11/6 with severe injuries. (Memorial, 16/6)
The Military Prosecutor's Office began an investigation into the deaths of three privates whose bodies were found on 9/6 in a fuel tanker in a military unit based in Samara region. (RFE/RL, 16/6)
Racist crime
Aleksei Voevodin, leader of ultranationalist groups in St. Petersburg, and another member have been sentenced to life terms for their roles in a series of murders. (RFE/RL, 16/6)
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20 Jun 2011, 07:37