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Week-ending 23 December 2011

posted 26 Dec 2011, 06:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Dec 2011, 06:42 ]

St. Petersburg 

Navalny released 

Call over forces 

Churov to resign?



Akunin’s blog hacked 

Church warns against social sites

Nemtsov’s phone hacked

Yukos verdicts unsound

ECtHR on Dubrovka theatre cases

Bhagvad Gita

Savko’s Sermon on the Mount
Protests over alleged election fraud 
Over 7,000 people protested in St. Petersburg on 18/12 against alleged falsified election results. (The Other Russia, 18/12) 

Aleksei Navalny, a key figure in the rallies after the disputed parliamentary elections, left jail in Moscow on 21/12 after serving 15 days for obstructing police. (BBC, 21/12) 

Public figures called on President Medvedev not to bring security forces into Moscow during the 24/12 rally. (, 21/12) 

The presidential human rights council called (23/12) for Vladimir Churov, head of the Central Election Commission, to resign over alleged violations during the 4/12 elections. (RIA Novosti, 24/12) 

The central election commission rejected Eduard Limonov's candidacy for the March presidential election. (RFE/RL, 19/12) 

The Net 
More than 40,000 people signed up on Facebook for a protest rally against violations at the 4/12 State Duma elections on Prospect Sakharov on 24/12. (The Moscow Times, 23/12) 

Attackers hacked into the LiveJournal blog and Gmail account of prominent author Boris Akunin in apparent punishment for his participation in opposition rallies. (The Moscow Times, 20/12) 

The leader of Russia's Orthodox Church warned Russians on 23/12 against trusting social networking sites saying they made people “vulnerable to manipulation.” (Reuters, 23/12) 

Opposition activists accused the authorities of seeking to sow discord in their ranks by posting recordings of Boris Nemtsov’s phone conversations on a pro-Kremlin website. (RFE/RL, 20/12) 

Yukos affair 
The presidential council on human rights said 21/12 former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev had been jailed illegally in their second trial and their verdicts should be overturned. (The Moscow Times, 22/12) 

Dubrovka theatre case 
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Russia must pay compensation to each of 64 people for violations resulting from the Kremlin's handling of the 2002 seizure of a Moscow theatre by Chechen terrorists. (The Daily Telegraph, 20/12) 

Freedom of expression/conscience 
India has approached top Russian authorities to resolve the move to ban Hindu scripture Bhagvad Gita, saying it is one of the defining treatises of Indian thought. (DNA, 22/12) 

Alexandr Savko's artwork Sermon on the Mount, depicting Mickey Mouse as Jesus Christ, was declared extremist for a second time by a court in Kaluga oblast. (, 21/12)
Rights in Russia,
26 Dec 2011, 06:37