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Week-ending 21 October 2011

posted 24 Oct 2011, 02:37 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Oct 2011, 02:38 ]

Navalny loses defamation case 

Call for police complaints body

AI Urgent Action

Udaltsov released after hunger strike

End Udaltsov's persecution call

Tatar activist detained & fined

Moscow students detained

Historians on trial

Bribe statistics
Blogger fined in defamation case 
On 17/10 anti-corruption blogger Aleksei Navalny lost a defamation case to Vladlen Stepanov and was ordered to disavow statements claiming Stepanov was a beneficiary of fraudulent tax returns Sergei Magnitsky sought to expose and pay a fine of 100,000 rubles ($3,200). (The Moscow Times, 18/10) 

Police reform 
The Working Group of human rights organizations on police reform opened a campaign on 18/10 calling for the creation of an independent police complaints body. (, 19/10) 

An ethnic Chechen man, Zubair Zubairaev, imprisoned in Siberia, urgently needs an independent medical examination and complex treatment. His health has been gravely affected by torture and other ill-treatment. (Amnesty International, 21/10) 

Sergei Udaltsov, a coordinator for Left Front who went on hunger strike after being sentenced to 10 days' administrative detention on 13/10 for resisting police, was released early on 20/10 after his health deteriorated. (RFE/RL, 20/10) 

Ludmila Alekseeva, Lev Ponomarev and other human rights defenders and civic activists called for Sergei Udaltsov, a leader of Left Front, to be allowed to “continue his activities unhindered”. (, 19/10) 

On 18/10 Marat Zhalaliyev, a Tatar activist, was fined 1,000 rubles ($32) after being detained at an annual commemoration of the 1552 conquest of Kazan by Ivan the Terrible in Kazan on 15/10. Zhalaliyev said he was not informed of the charges against him or why he had been fined. (RFE/RL,19/10) 

On 20/10 several Moscow State University students of journalism who attempted to greet President Dmitry Medvedev's arrival on campus with tough questions were detained by officers of the Federal Guard Service. (The Moscow Times, 21/10) 

Researchers on trial 
On 17/10 the trial of Professor Mikhail Suprun and former police archivist Colonel Aleksandr Dudarev began in Arkhangelsk on charges of violating personal and family privacy in the course of a research project into the lives of ethnic Germans exiled to Arkhangelsk region under Stalin. (, 18/10) 

The average bribe in cases investigated by police stands at 250,000 rubles ($8,000) this year, but could reach six times that amount in major cases, Deputy Interior Minister Sergei Bulavin said 18/10. (The Moscow Times, 19/10)