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Week-ending 18 November 2011

posted 21 Nov 2011, 03:28 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Nov 2011, 03:31 ]


Trifonova’s death blamed on doctor 

Magnitsky: Call for full investigation 

Two years on 


Petersburg homophobic bill 

Amnesty: Stop bill


Call to ban election posters in schools

“Crooks & Thieves” = United Russia? 

Churov announces PACE investigation


Tajiks to be expelled


Bill to decriminalize defamation


Jehovah’s Witness to appeal


Yukos trial review completed
Pre-trial detention deaths 
The Investigative Committee on 17/11 blamed the death of Vera Trifonova in pretrial detention on the criminal negligence of a hospital doctor who had treated her. (The Moscow Times, 18/11) 

Moscow Helsinki Group head Ludmila Alekseeva said (16/11) human rights defenders promised to secure a full investigation into the death of Sergei Magnitsky. (HRO.org, 16/11)

Supporters of late lawyer Sergei Magnitsky marked (16/11) the 2nd anniversary of his death worldwide. (The Moscow Times, 16/11)

LGBTI rights 
St. Petersburg legislators approved a bill in its first reading on 15/11 that would impose fines on gays or lesbians who openly profess their sexual orientation. (The Moscow Times, 17/11) 

On 18/11 Amnesty International urged St. Petersburg authorities not to enact the homophobic bill. (Amnesty International, 18/11)

Elections
Moscow Helsinki Group head Ludmila Alekseeva called (17/11) for a ban on election materials being displayed in schools after a student at a Krasnoyarsk High school faced disciplinary measures for damaging United Russia posters. (HRO.org, 17/11)

Authorities in Novosibirsk banned political ads denouncing “crooks and thieves” on the grounds they could only be seen as an attack on United Russia. (The Moscow Times, 15/11)

Top elections official Vladimir Churov announced an investigation into whether preparations for an observer mission by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly might have violated the law. (The Moscow Times, 16/11) 

Anti-Tajik campaign 
Russian officials rounded up hundreds of Tajik immigrants for possible expulsion in apparent retaliation for the jailing of a Russian pilot in Dushanbe. (RFE/RL, 16/11) 

Media rights 
The State Duma passed (17/11) amendments decriminalizing defamation and slander and making threatening journalists a criminal offence from 2013. (RFE/RL, 18/11)

Freedom of conscience 
Aleksandr Kalistratov, head of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Gorno-Altaisk has appealled against his conviction for religious extremism for distributing religious texts. (UPI.com, 14/11)

Yukos case 
The Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights completed its review of the second prosecution of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. (HRO.org,15/11)
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