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Week-ending 25 March 2011

posted 29 Mar 2011, 13:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Mar 2011, 13:58 ]
Progress in inquiry into Kashin attack
Journalist attacked
Call for end to bias on state TV
Steps to reduce prisoner numbers
Bill to improve police service conditions
Court marshall killed
‘Minimum’ sentence
Witness says testimony forced

Limonov rally banned
Rally banned in St. Petersburg
Udaltsov jailed
Party lists for regions
Party denied registration
Freedom of expression
President Medvedev announced (24/3) ‘progress’ in the inquiry into the attack on Kommersant reporter Oleg Kashin and pledged to name the assailants soon. (The Moscow Times, 25/3)
Journalist Sergei Topol who once wrote that Prime Minister Putin would leave his wife for a 27-year-old gymnast was beaten up on 23/3 near his Moscow home. (The Moscow Times, 24/3)
Olga Kryshtanovskaya, United Russia member and head of the Institute of Applied Policy, has appealed to President Medvedev to create public councils to prevent bias on state television and to raise its overall standards. (The Moscow Times, 20/3)
Justice system
The Kremlin is to reduce the number of prisoners, drafting a bill to ease punishments on crimes ranging from libel to smuggling and kidnapping. (The Moscow Times, 23/3)
President Medvedev on 22/3 submitted to the State Duma a bill to improve police employment conditions, a measure aimed at reducing rampant corruption. (The Moscow Times, 23/3)
A court marshal was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in Dagestan on 21/3, police said. (The Moscow Times, 23/3)
Vyacheslav Khlebnikov, a businessman linked by lawyer Sergei Magnitsky to an embezzlement scheme has been given a minimum sentence. (The Moscow Times, 24/3)
Ilya Goryachev, main prosecution witness in the trial of those charged with killing Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova, claimed he was forced to testify. (The Moscow Times, 22/3)
Freedom of assembly
Moscow City Hall rejected a request by opposition leader Eduard Limonov to hold a rally on Triumfalnaya Square on 31/3. (The Moscow Times, 21/3)
In St. Petersburg the authorities refused to allow a ‘Dissenters’ March’ to take place in the city on 31/3. (, 21/3)
A Moscow court sentenced Left Front activist Sergei Udaltsov to two days in prison for disobeying police orders at a protest rally by motorists on 20/3. (, 21/3)
President Medvedev on 23/3 signed a law to give political parties larger representation in regional and municipal legislatures with 20 seats or more. (Kommersant, 24/3)
The Justice Ministry refused to register the Russian version of the Pirate Party, a global movement with seats in the European Parliament. (The Moscow Times, 22/3)
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29 Mar 2011, 13:58