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Week-ending 20 January 2012

posted 22 Jan 2012, 13:46 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Jan 2012, 13:51 ]

Kalyapin faces investigation 

Markelov and Baburova 

Charges dropped against Orlov 

Yabloko officials detained 

Singers detained 

Charges dropped against blogger 

Ekho Moskvy 

Editor charged 

League of Voters 

Putin on Akunin 

Activists filmed in secret
Human rights defenders 
On 18/1 Igor Kalyapin, head of the Committee Against Torture, was informed by the Investigative Committee that the head of the Chechen special OMON police units had requested that he be investigated for “disclosure of State secrets”. (OMCT, 19/1) 

On 19/1 hundreds of people marched in central Moscow in memory of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova, who were gunned down in broad daylight on a central Moscow street in 2009. (RFE / RL, 20/1) 

On 20/1 charges, brought against head of Memorial Rights Centre Oleg Orlov for alleged slander of President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, were dropped. (Amnesty International, 20/1) 

On 14/1 Moscow police have detained two Yabloko party officials after a protest rally against election fraud. The rally was sanctioned for 300 participants, but police counted about 350. (The Moscow Times, 16/1) 

Police detained all eight members of an all-girl punk group called Pussy Riot who sang an anti-Putin song on Red Square. Four may face prison after being charged with non-criminal public order offences and disobeying police. (The Telegraph, 20/1) 

Media rights 
Chelyabinsk region Investigative Committee halted the prosecution of the blogger Andrei Ermolenko for lack of evidence. Experts established officials and deputies of legislative assemblies were not a social group. (, 16/1) 

Vladimir Putin fiercely criticized Ekho Moskvy radio station and its editor-in-chief on 18/1. (The Independent, 20/1) 

Investigators in the Urals Federal District said on 19/1 they had filed extremism charges against Vladimir Yefimov, editor of the Vechernyaya Tyumen weekly, accusing him of inciting hatred against police officers. (The Moscow Times, 20/1) 

Protest movement 
On 16/1 a League of Voters was founded by 16 individuals including Leonid Parfenov, Yury Shevchuk and Boris Akunin. (, 17/1) 

On 18/1 Prime Minister Vladimir Putin suggested that the oppositionist stance taken by writer Boris Akunin was due to his Georgian heritage. (RFE/RL, 19/1) 

Opposition politicians Gennady Gudkov and Vladimir Ryzhkov said on 18/1 they would seek criminal charges against those responsible for secretly filming them and posting their conversation on the Internet. (The Moscow Times, 19/1)
Rights in Russia,
22 Jan 2012, 13:51