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Week-ending 20 May 2011

posted 23 May 2011, 01:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 May 2011, 01:33 ]
US bill on Magnitsky case
Skinheads convicted of racist murders
Moscow bans gay rights rally
Navalny’s logo a ‘desecration’
Transneft to fight court ruling
Troops fed dog food claim
Yukos appeal hearing postponed
Cellmate claims he was forced to attack
Not ‘prisoners of conscience’
Public Chamber urges ban on racist book
Magnitsky case
Fourteen U.S. senators submitted a bipartisan bill (19/5) to impose a visa ban and asset freeze on 60 officials implicated in the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow jail and others guilty of rights violations. (The Moscow Times, 22/5)
Racist crimes & the law
On 20/5 St Petersburg City Court convicted 12 of 14 participants in a band of skinheads led by Aleksei Voevodov of almost twenty crimes based on ethnic hatred, including murders of foreign students and of Nikolai Girenko. (, 21/5)
Right of assembly
Moscow City Hall rejected (19/5) a request by gay rights activists to stage a rally on 28/5 saying the event would violate Russia's obligations to protect children. (The Moscow Times, 20/5)
Investigators ruled that the logo of, the anti-corruption web site of blogger Alexei Navalny, is a desecration of Russia's double-headed eagle coat of arms, Navalny said on 18/5. (The Moscow Times, 19/5)
Pipeline monopoly Transneft said 20/5 that it would fight the February court ruling won by Aleksei Navalny mandating it to release minutes from its board meetings, and accused Navalny of conspiring against Russia. (The Moscow Times, 22/5)
Whistleblower ex-police major Igor Matveyev said (19/5) Interior Ministry troops were fed dog food earlier this year to save money. (RFE/RL, 19/5)
Khodorkovsky case
Moscow City Court postponed (17/5) an appeal over the sentence of Mikhail Khodorkovsky ahead of a major news conference on 18/5 by President Medvedev. (The Moscow Times, 18/5)
Mikhail Khodorkovsky's former cellmate, Aleksandr Kuchma, said (16/5) prison authorities had forced him through beatings and torture to attack the jailed tycoon and falsify a sexual harassment suit in April 2006. (The Moscow Times, 17/5)
Amnesty International ruled not to recognize Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev as prisoners of conscience. In March, 45 prominent Russians in an open letter had called on Amnesty to consider the two men as such. (RFE/RL, 20/5)
Publications & the law
The Public Chamber urged the Prosecutor General's Office to ban the anti-Semitic publication Protocols of the Elders of Zion on 13/5, just weeks after Moscow prosecutors found it to be of "historical and educational" value. (The Moscow Times, 16/5)
Rights in Russia,
23 May 2011, 01:33