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Week-ending 28 October 2011

posted 30 Oct 2011, 14:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Oct 2011, 14:58 ]

Planned fraud at elections alleged 

Twenty detained at protest

Navalny’s e-mails leaked

Visa bans over Magnitsky case

Solitary for prisoner

Rally for Khodorkovsky

Kuchma seeks UK asylum

Tensions ahead of nationalist rally

State media criticized

Luzhkov called for questioning
Elections & political parties 
Gennady Gudkov, a senior Duma deputy with A Just Russia, alleged on 24/10 Moscow region governor Boris Gromov had ordered a landslide victory for United Russia in Duma elections and that rivals be denied publicity. (The Moscow Times, 25/10) 

On 25/10 police detained more than 20 people participating in an unsanctioned rally in Moscow protesting the authorities' refusal to register opposition parties. (RFE / RL, 25/10) 

Private e-mails by whistleblower Alexei Navalny were leaked online on 25/10 on a newly created LiveJournal blog just days after media claimed that United Russia was preparing a smear campaign against him. (The Moscow Times, 27/10) 

Magnitsky case 
The Foreign Ministry announced on 22/10 an entry ban for unspecified senior U.S. officials, ‘mirroring’ a ban imposed by the U.S. on Russian officials linked to the death of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. (The Moscow Times, 24/10) 

Yukos affair 
Maksim Dudarev, a jailed former employee of Russia's state property agency, is in solitary confinement after telling RFE/RL on 11/10 the Russian authorities orchestrated the fraudulent sale in 2004 of a stake in the oil giant Yukos. (RFE / RL, 24/10) 

On 25/10 opposition activists rallied in St. Petersburg on the 8th anniversary of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s arrest, calling for the release of Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev. (RFE / RL, 25/10) 

Aleksandr Kuchma, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's former cellmate, is seeking political asylum in Britain after saying prison officials forced him to attack Khodorkovsky and accuse him of sexual harassment. (The Moscow Times, 28/10) 

Nationalist rally to be held 4 November 
Ahead of an annual nationalist rally to be held on 4/11, former co-organizer Dmitry Dyomushkin is facing two criminal cases for inciting ethnic hatred and riotous statements in a recently published interview, the Investigative Committee said on 25/10. (The Moscow Times, 26/10) 

Human rights activists and historians said on 26/10 state-controlled media must stop whitewashing Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's image. (The Moscow Times, 27/10) 

Politics & corruption 
Ex-Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov said on 24/10 he has been summoned to testify in relation to a loan, allegedly fraudulent, issued by Bank of Moscow to his wife's firm. (RFE / RL, 24/10)
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30 Oct 2011, 14:55