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Week-ending 27 May 2011

posted 30 May 2011, 00:12 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 May 2011, 00:17 ]
Court rejects appeal against Yukos verdict
‘Prisoners of conscience’
Russian MFA on Amnesty decision
Investigation obstructed
Mutilated body of disappeared found
Navlny to sue Investigators
Kopeisk prison violence trial verdict
New liberal party seeks to register
Islamic Cultural Centre closed
Gay Pride banned
Mitrokhin detained
Yukos case
Moscow City Court rejected (24/5) an appeal by Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev over their December convictions. The judge announced a one-year reduction in the sentences of the two men. (The Moscow Times, 25/5)
On 24/5 the international human rights organization Amnesty International recognized the ex-head of Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the former head of Menatep Platon Lebedev as prisoners of conscience. (, 25/5)
The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced (25/5) Amnesty International's decision to declare Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev prisoners of conscience. (The Moscow Times, 26/5)
North Caucasus
The investigation into the allegation of unlawful detention and torture of a Islam Umarpashaev is facing obstruction from Chechen police. (Amnesty International, 23/5)
Magomed-Ali Ilyasovich Ilyasov, a resident of Dagestan, who disappeared on 20/4 was found dead on 23/4 with evidence of severe violence on his body. (Memorial, 26/5)
Aleksei Navalny
Whistleblowing blogger Alexei Navalny said on his LiveJournal blog on 26/5 he has sued the Investigative Committee for failing to officially notify him of its decision to reopen a fraud case against him, as required by law. (The Moscow Times, 27/5)
On 27/5 Chelyabinsk Regional Court sentenced 8 employees of the region's prison administration to prison terms for staging a riot at Kopeisk penal colony No. 1 in May 2008 to conceal the murder of four prisoners by prison guards. Ten others were given suspended sentences. (, 28/5)
Right of association
Four liberal opposition politicians asked the Justice Ministry on 23/5 to register the Party of People's Freedom as a new political party. (The Moscow Times, 24/5)
The Islamic Cultural Centre has been forced to close by a Supreme Court ruling on 26/5 which the Centre’s representatives say was politically charged. (The Moscow Times, 27/5)
Right of assembly
On 24/5 gay rights campaigners said they would hold Moscow Pride on 28/5 regardless of a ban by City Hall. (Pink News, 25/5)
Moscow police detained opposition Yabloko party leader Sergei Mitrokhin on 26/5 during a protest by vendors against an increase in mandatory insurance for small businesses. (, 26/5)
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30 May 2011, 00:13