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Week-ending 30 September 2011

posted 3 Oct 2011, 08:34 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 3 Oct 2011, 08:57 ]

Number in poverty rises

Magnitsky’s mother files complaint

Osipova: pre-trial detention ruling


Number of conscripts to fall

Torture alleged

Abduction alleged 

Assault charges dropped

Region bans gay events

Putin, not Medvedev...

Web reacts...

'Too many’ OSCE observers...

Rzhev protests for direct elections
Social & economic rights
The number of poverty-stricken Russians has grown by more than 2 million over the past year. (The Moscow Times, 29/9)

High profile cases
The mother of Sergei Magnitsky filed a criminal complaint against top judicial and law enforcement officials, alleging a conspiracy to murder her son. (RFE/RL, 26/9)

A Smolensk court extended for a further three months the pretrial detention of opposition activist Taisiya Osipova held on charges – contested by supporters - of possessing drugs. (RFE/RL, 27/9)

Mikhail Khodorkovsky called (25/9) for the US to pressure the Kremlin on human rights. (The Moscow Times, 27/9)

The military intends to call up 136,000 conscripts during the fall draft, compared with the more than 218,000 conscripts pressed into service in the spring draft. (The Moscow Times, 3/10)

North Caucasus
On 27/9 Malik Appaev, a Kabardino-Balkariya resident, alleged he had been detained (22/9), tortured and told to confess to crimes he had not committed. (Memorial, 30/9)

On 27/9 Fatima Ulimbasheva, of Kabardino-Balkariya, alleged (27/9) her son, Albert Tutov, was abducted in the same region that day by three masked men. (Memorial, 30/9)

Gay rights
Charges have been dropped against Russian Orthodox activist Roman Lisunov for an assault on Novaya gazeta reporter Elena Kostyuchenko at a gay rights rally. (The Moscow Times, 28/9)

Arkhangelsk region adopted a bill banning all events promoting homosexuality, among them Gay Pride marches. The bans are warmly supported by the Russian Orthodox Church. (RT, 28/9)

PM Vladimir Putin accepted nomination for a fresh presidential bid after the current president, Dmitry Medvedev, backed him at a United Russia party congress on 24/9.(RFE/RL, 24/9)

Vladimir Putin's face superimposed on a portrait of Leonid Brezhnev has gone viral on the Web. (The Moscow Times, 30/9)

Central Elections Commission head Vladimir Churov said (30/9) the 260 observers the OSCE wants to send for State Duma elections is double what is needed, (The Moscow Times, 3/10)

Some 100 people in Rzhev blocked a central street on 29/9 to protest against the possible abolition of direct elections for the city mayor. (RFE/RL, 29/9)