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Week-ending 27 January 2012

posted 29 Jan 2012, 15:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Jan 2012, 15:06 ]

Killings in Dagestan

Rights defender detained

PACE on elections 

Golos loses office 

Golos has 2,000 observers 

MHG offers space 

Yavlinsky barred 

Webcams not enough 

Rally permitted 

Toy protest to be investigated 

Media freedom ranking down 

Runners arrested 

Rights Council
North Caucasus 
On 20/1 law enforcement officials shot and killed Umar Saidmagomedov, a Dagestani lawyer, and local resident Rasul Kurbanov, in Makhachkala, Dagestan. (HRW, 26/1) 

On the night of 21/1 rights defender and lawyer Anton Ryzhov was detained for some hours by police in Nizhny Novgorod on his return from Chechnya. (OMCT, 24/1) 

Russia is technically capable of organizing fair elections but so far lacked the political will, a report by the PACE said on 23/1. (The Moscow Times, 24/1) 

On 24/1 Liliya Shabanova, executive director of Golos, an independent election monitor, said that her staff had been forced to leave their offices in central Moscow. (, 25/1) 

Independent election monitor Golos said it plans to deploy 2,000 observers during the 4/3 presidential election and launched its map of election violations on schedule. (RFE/RL, 25/1) 

The human rights organization Moscow Helsinki Group said on 26/1 it was ready to share its offices with Golos. (, 26/1) 

On 27/1 Russian election authorities formally disqualified Grigory Yavlinsky, of the Yabloko party, from running in the 4/3 presidential election. (RFE/RL, 27/1) 

PM Putin's promise to equip Russia’s polling stations with web cameras does not remove the need for election observers, head of the OSCE observer mission said. (The Moscow Times, 27/1) 

The Moscow Mayor's office agreed late on 25/1 to allow organizers of a "For Fair Elections" action to hold a rally on 4/2 for up to 50,000 people. (RFE / RL, 26/1) 

Police in Barnaul asked prosecutors to investigate the legality of a recent protest that saw dozens of small dolls arranged to mimic a protest. (The Guardian, 26/1) 

Media rights 
On 25/1 the international media freedom monitor Reporters Without Borders downgraded Russia in its annual Press Freedom Index, to 142nd from 140th place. (RIA Novosti, 26/1) 

LGBT rights 
Runners in a race in Kaliningrad region were detained by police who thought they were gay activists. (The Moscow Times, 25/1) 

President Medvedev 
Medvedev postponed a meeting with his human rights council set for 26/1 for the fourth time. (The Moscow Times, 24/1)
Rights in Russia,
5 Feb 2012, 22:50