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Week-ending 24 June 2011

posted 26 Jun 2011, 09:34 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Jun 2011, 10:02 ]
Elena Bonner dies
Justice Minister on parties, NGOs
Ministry refuses to register liberal party
Call for investigation into new Putin group
Wheelchair user in metro station ban
Nizhny Novgorod group wins PACE prize
Russia responsible for torture, death
Kashin cleared of defamation
Chaika gets new term
Anti-Seliger ends
Elena Bonner
Russian human rights activist Elena Bonner, widow of Andrei Sakharov and a founding member of the Moscow Helsinki Group, died on 18/6 in Boston. She was 88. (BBC News, 19/6)
Political parties
Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov said (20/6) political parties and other nonprofit organizations should not be required to register with his ministry, only notify it of their existence. (The Moscow Times, 21/6)
The Justice Ministry refused to register (22/6) the liberal opposition Party of People's Freedom on grounds its membership list had dead and underage members. (The Moscow Times, 23/6)
Anti-corruption campaigner Aleksei Navalny called on prosecutors to disband the All-Russia People's Front and investigate whether Prime Minister Putin is misusing taxpayers' money on the group. (The Moscow Times, 24/6)
Wheelchair access
Yevgenia Gurova, a 21-year-old student and wheel chair user, said (18/6) she has been banned by St. Petersburg authorities from entering or exiting metro stations with escalators. That means she is only allowed access to the seven of the city’s 64 metro stations that have stairs. (The Moscow Times, 22/6)
PACE Human Rights Prize
The Committee against Torture won the 2011 Human Rights Prize awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in recognition of outstanding action in defence of human rights in Europe. (Euronews, 23/6)
European Court of Human Rights
On 21/6 in the case of Isayev and Others v Russia the European Court of Human Rights found Russia responsible for the death of 25 year-old Zelimkhan Isayev in Chechnya in May 2004 following his torture by State agents. (, 23/6)
Freedom of expression
A Moscow court cleared (21/6) Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin in a defamation lawsuit. In March Kashin wrote on his blog the assault against him was masterminded by Kremlin youth policy chief, Vasily Yakemenko. (The Moscow Times, 22/6)
General Prosecutor
Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, 60, nominated by President Medvedev, was appointed to a new five-year term by the Federation Council on 22/6. (The Moscow Times, 23/6)
Civil society festival
The four-day Anti-Seliger civil society festival in Khimki forest ended on 20/6. (The Moscow Times, 21/6)
Rights in Russia,
26 Jun 2011, 09:42