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Week-ending 22 July 2011

posted 24 Jul 2011, 11:50 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Jul 2011, 03:53 ]

Magnitsky investigation

PHR on Magnitsky’s treatment 

Estemirova investigation

Police salaries up

Police officer resigns after video

Whistleblower on trial

Detainees allege police abuse

Rally broken up

Activists arrested

Khodorkovsky sees mother

Valdes-Garcia convicted 

Spring call-up ends

High profile investigations
Investigators said (18/7) a criminal case has been opened into two prison officials in connection with the death of Hermitage lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. (The Moscow Times, 19/7)

Physicians for Human Rights announced on 18/7 that Sergei Magnitsky suffered calculated and deliberate neglect and inhumane treatment in police custody which ultimately lead to his death. (Physicians for Human Rights, 18/7)

The Investigative Committee said 21/7 it would look into concerns that Chechen security forces were involved in the July 2009 murder of Natalya Estemirova. (The Moscow Times, 22/7)

President Medvedev signed into law on 19/7 a bill that will triple the salaries of police officers. (The Moscow Times, 20/7)

A senior police officer from the St. Petersburg area has reportedly resigned after a video of him urinating in an office corridor was posted on YouTube. (RFE/RL, 21/7)

The trial of ex-police officer Major Igor Matveyev, charged with beating subordinates after he posted a video appeal on the Internet asking President Medvedev to stop corruption among Vladivostok police, has begun in the city. (RFE/RL, 19/7)

Right of assembly
Police (20/7) detained 19 persons at the Solovetsky Stone on Lubyanskaya Ploshchad protesting against the trial in Smolensk on drug dealing charges of civic activist Taisiya Osipova. Detainees reported police abuse. (The Moscow Times, 21/7)

On 22/7 police broke up a demonstration at the Solovetsky Stone in support of Taisiya Osipova. (Echo of Moscow Radio, 23/7)

Three Russian activists and a journalist protesting the special traffic sirens used by some high-ranking officials were arrested in Moscow on 21/7. (RFE/RL, 21/7)

Yukos case
Mikhail Khodorkovsky, jailed former head of the Yukos oil company, was allowed to see his mother for the first time since December at the Segezha labor camp in Karelia. (RFE/RL, 20/7)

A Moscow court convicted (18/7) Antonio Valdes-Garcia, a Spanish citizen, in absentia of embezzling $13bn from a Yukos oil company subsidiary. (The Moscow Times, 19/7)

The Ministry of Defence reported the spring call­-up was completed on 15/7. There have been more draft dodgers thus far in 2011 than in the whole of last year. (, 18/7)
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24 Jul 2011, 11:51