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Week-ending 22 June 2012

posted 24 Jun 2012, 00:48 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Jun 2012, 00:49 ]


Protestors arrested 


Arrests for anti-Putin banner 

Protestor given 10-days in jail 

New law lacks support

Baronova charged over May 6 rally 

Shein fined for June 12 rally 


Abduction in Nalchik 

Gazaryan & Vitishko convicted 

Law enforcement a threat to security 


Court rules on internet fora 

Two scientists convicted of spying 

Custody extended in Pussy Riot case 


Alekseeva quits Council
Right of assembly 
On 16/6 police detained 10 activists protesting outside the offices of the Investigative Committee against the questioning of opposition leaders. (The Moscow Times, 18/6) 

Six activists from The Other Russia party were detained on 17/6 in Moscow when they unfurled a ‘Russia without Putin’ banner, which police considered against the law. (HRO.org, 18/6) 

On 18/6 activist Vadim Dergachev, arrested during the protest outside the Investigative Committee on 16/6, was sentenced to 10 days in jail. (HRO.org, 19/6) 

Most Muscovites disapprove of the new law of 8/6 raising protest fines, a survey of 20/6 showed. (The Moscow Times, 20/6) 

On 21/6 Moscow police charged Maria Baronova, a former assistant to Duma Deputy Ilya Ponomaryov, wiith inciting violence at the Moscow May 6 rally. (The Moscow Times, 22/6) 

On 22/6 Oleg Shein, who protested alleged vote rigging in a 4/3 Astrakhan mayoral election, has been fined 20,000 roubles for holding an unsanctioned public protest on 12/6. (RFE/RL, 22/6) 

North Caucasus 
On 18/6 El'dar Mamaev was abducted in Nal'chik, Kabardino-Balkaria, by unidentified masked persons. (Memorial, 22/6) 

On 20/6 a court in Tuapse convicted environmental activists Suren Gazaryan and Evgeniy Vitishko of criminal damage to a construction fence following a trial that raised serious due process concerns. (Human Rights Watch, 21/6) 

On 21/6 Amnesty International said the security threat for many North Caucasus residents comes as much from law-enforcement agencies as it does from armed groups. (RFE/RL, 21/6) 

Important legal cases 
On 18/6 the Supreme Court of Chuvashia ruled that owners of internet fora are not liable for users’ comments. (Open News Agency, 18/6) 

On 20/6 St. Petersburg City Court sentenced professors Yevgeny Afanasyev and Svyatoslav Bobyshev of the Voenmekh Baltic State Technical University, to 12.5 and 12 years in a strict regime penal colony on charges of espionage. (HRO.org, 21/6) 

On 21/6 a Moscow prolonged until 24/7 the pre-trial detention of three alleged members of the Pussy Riot punk group. Police detained 19 protestors near the court building. (Gazeta.ru, 21/6) 

Presidential Council on Human Rights 
On 22/6 Ludmila Alekseeva, chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group, announced her resignation from the Presidential Human Rights Council. (RIA Novosti, 22/6)
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24 Jun 2012, 00:50
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