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Week-ending 23 September 2011

posted 25 Sep 2011, 11:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Sep 2011, 11:24 ]

ECtHR rules in Yukos case

Activists call for sanctions by US

The New Nobility

Killings in Dagestan

Ruling on non-profit taxation published

Prisoners on hunger strike

Khodorkovsky warning over Putin 

Gorbachev urges perestroika

Road deaths investigation
Yukos affair 
The European Court of Human Rights condemned the Russian government over the demise of oil company Yukos but rejected claims its failure was the result of a government vendetta. The Court has yet to rule on the issue of compensation sought by the former management of Yukos. (RFE / RL, 20/9) 

A group of politicians, human rights defenders and figures from the arts called on the US Senate to apply sanctions similar to those used in the case of Sergei Magnitsky against Russian officials complicit in the Yukos prosecutions. (, 19/9) 

The FSB has asked for information about the people who ordered the printing of The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB, a book by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan. (The Moscow Times, 22/3) 

North Caucasus 
On 22/9 bomb attacks killed one police officer and wounded dozens of people in the center of Makhachala. On 23/9 gunmen killed Magomed Murtuzaliyev, the deputy prisons chief of Dagestan, his daughter, nephew, and driver. (RFE / RL, 23/9) 

On 22/9 the Supreme Commercial Court of Russia published on its website its ruling of 28/7 that established that non-profits should not pay profit tax on foreign donations. (, 22/9) 

Convicts at a maximum security prison in Kirovo-Chepetsk started a hunger strike to demand an easing of prison regulations and an end to "arbitrary reprisals.” Human rights activists estimate the number on strike could be as high as 1,000. (RFE/RL, 22/9) 

Mikhail Khodorkovsky said if PM Putin remains at Russia's helm, hopes for reform will be extinguished and many people would emigrate. He expressed concern his statements could provoke reprisals. (The Moscow Times, 19/9) 

On 21/9 Mikhail Gorbachev urged the continuation of perestroika and dismantlement of the "power vertical" that gives excessive powers to the executive. (The Moscow Times, 22/9) 

Road traffic offences
Moscow region police are investigating a road incident in which four Moldovan men were killed by a pair of luxury vehicles, possibly owned by a large bank, while on a pedestrian crossing, news reports said 20/9. (The Moscow Times, 21/9)
Rights in Russia,
25 Sep 2011, 11:21