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Week-ending 29 April 2011

posted 2 May 2011, 05:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 May 2011, 05:37 ]
Markelov/Baburov murder trial
Magnitsky investigation

Magnitsky illegally jailed

Kadyrov calls for Orlov to be punished
Police summon Dmitrievsky
Residents’ activist alleges threats
Rights group alleges brutality
Officer injures two in document check
Corruption allegations against Stepashin
Medvedev on Internet regulation
Markelov/Baburova murder case
On 28/4 Nikita Tikhonov was convicted of the January 2009 murder of rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and Novaya Gazeta reporter Anastasia Baburova; Yevgenia Khasis, was convicted of aiding in Markelov’s murder. (The Moscow Times, 29/4)
Magnitsky case
The official investigation into the death in pre-trial detention of Hermitage Capital lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is continuing, according to the Investigative Committee. (, 25/4)
Preliminary findings of an independent commission carrying out an inquiry into the death of Sergei Magnitsky at the request of the presidential Human Rights Council said he was illegally jailed and deprived of medical care. (The Moscow Times, 27/4)
Human rights defenders
On 28/4 in the trial of Oleg Orlov for accusing Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov of being behind the 2009 murder of rights defender Natalya Estemirova, Kadyrov said by video link from Chechnya Orlov must be punished to the extent the law allows. (Washington Post, 28/4)
Human rights defender Stanislav Dmitrievsky, a regular organizer of Strategy-31 demonstrations in Nizhny Novgorod, has been summoned by police for questioning about alleged dissemination of extremist materials. (, 28/4)
Yelena Zubova of a Moscow residents’ group said (25/4) she received anonymous threats after posting (18/4) a photo of the head of local state housing services beside a yacht with his name and initial on her group's website. (The Moscow Times, 26/4)
Zabaikalye Human Rights Centre said (28/4) investigators concealed brutality against inmates at Krasnokamensk No 10 penal colony after an arson there on 16-17 April. (RFE/RL, 27/4)
On 23/4 a police officer shot and injured two men who resisted having their documents checked with a traumatic pistol in Moscow’s Zyabkovo area. (; RIA Novosti, 24/4)
The Audit Chamber has threatened to sue liberal activist Marina Litvinovich for implicating its head, Sergei Stepashin, and his family in a report on corruption. (The Moscow Times, 28/4)
On 29/4 President Medvedev said the State was ready to discuss regulation of the Internet, and doubted there was any necessity for a law to protect personal information. (, 30/4)
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2 May 2011, 05:34