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Khodorkovsky, Lebedev Demand Criminal Case Against Judge Danilkin

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

Natalia Vasilyeva, a former aide to Judge Danilkin, who extended the two men’s jail terms, said he was acting under orders from the Moscow City Court when he gave his verdict, thus that the verdict handed down in December against the former oligarch was determined by “higher” powers. She said the original verdict by Khamovniki Court Judge Viktor Danilkin was “replaced” and a new one forced upon him against his will. Vasilyeva said she had no doubt she would be dismissed over her statement.

A legal adviser to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday he was ashamed to hear allegations that the judge in the second trial of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky did not reach the verdict on his own.

Jailed Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev sent a demand to the Russian Investigative Committee to launch a criminal case against Judge Viktor Danilkin, who sentenced them to 14 years imprisonment.
Khodorkovsky, 47, and Lebedev, 54, were told in December they would have to stay in jail until 2017 after being found guilty of embezzling from their former oil firm Yukos and laundering the proceeds. A Moscow court on Tuesday delayed until May 24 the hearing of an appeal lodged by Khodorkovsky.
“Today we sent an application to Russian Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin, as well as to Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika, demanding prosecution of Danilkin, the heads and judges of the Moscow City Court, as well as investigators Karimov and Alysheva, prosecutors Lakhtina, Shokhin, Ibragimov, Smirnov and other individuals for handing down an intentionally illegal sentence, togther with obstruction of justice,” lawyer Yelena Liptser said.

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30 000 за Hезаконные Действия прокуратуры получит жительница Чечни

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

Cуд Грозного частично удовлетворил исковое заявление жительницы села Харачой Веденского района Чеченской республики Руман Косумовой о компенсации морального вреда, причиненного вследствие незаконных действий сотрудников прокуратуры. Решением суда в пользу Косумовой за счет казны Российской Федерации в лице Управления федерального казначейства по Чеченской республике взыскано 30 000 рублей. Решение вынесено заочно, так как. представители Следственного управления Следственного комитета РФ по ЧР не явились в суд, хотя были уведомлены надлежащим образом.

Чеченское представительство Комитета против пыток ведет собственное общественное расследование по заявлению Косумовой по факту гибели ее дочери 7 июня 2003 года. Касумова Раиса возвращаясь в село, попала под миномётный обстрел, произведенный военнослужащими Российской армии со стороны Дышне-Ведено, от полученных травм девушка скончалась на месте.

Как видно из материалов уголовного дела в ходе следственных действий, на протяжении с 2003 по 2010 гг. «не удалось» установить, какое воинское подразделение наносило минометный удар 7 июня 2003 года со стороны селения Дышне – Ведено.

Моральный вред, причиненный Косумовой незаконными действиями неустановленных военнослужащих ВС РФ, усугубляется моральным вредом, полученным от незаконных действий сотрудников прокуратуры Веденского района ЧР и Шалинского МСО, которые вместо того, чтобы способствовать восстановлению нарушенных прав Косумовой, также нарушают ее права неэффективным расследованием преступления.

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Kavkazsky Uzel On line – Quality Of Journalism Remain Intact – Project Needed In Russia

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

News agency Kavkazsky Uzel, (Caucasian Knot) publication is totally digital, and focuses on a region -the North Caucasus.
The entire operation is conducted online without a central office. Gregory Shvedov, editor of online news agency and his team of 50 journalists use free Google programs to create a virtual newsroom so that they can be connected even as they are dispersed throughout the region.

The result of this model is a comprehensive project that illuminates a vast and complicated region. More than that, however, the site is a forum for discussion. Kavkazsky Uzel’s readers are invited to go online and share what they see. They can even send SMS messages to the site, which promises to publish reports from local residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Kavkazsky Uzel is the kind of project Russia needs across the country. Despite the fact that millions of Russians are connected to the Internet, the government has not as heavily censored it as traditional forms of media. Because of that relative freedom, Kavkazsky Uzel has been able to publish stories that would likely never be seen in Russian print. The most important thing is that the quality of the journalism remain intact.

In a place where oligarchs control media with money, and government officials use journalists as their mouthpieces, contextualizing is difficult. It is also dangerous. The fact that the site has no central office offers it some protection, but Shvedov knows he and his staff are still at risk because they are not hiding.

Kavkazsky Uzel is looking for more partners.

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Russian Tycoon To Challenge Putin’s Party – New “Khodorkovsky”?

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

Tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov 46, Russia’s second richest man, commands a fortune valued at more than $10 billion that he began amassing during controversial privatizations of the 1990s, has offered to lead a party RIGHT CAUSE, that would aim to challenge the grip on power of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s ruling United Russia party.

In the first foray into politics by a top businessman since the imprisonment of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of the now disbanded Yukos oil giant, in 2003. Prokhorov wants the party to come second in December’s parliamentary elections to the dominant United Russia, whose overall leader is Putin.

Right Cause has called for President Dmitry Medvedev to stay for a second term in the Kremlin and is seen as a strong supporter of the president at a time when speculation is mounting that Putin wants a return to the presidency.Medvedev on Friday expressed unease at Putin’s decade-old domination of politics, criticising an “over-concentration of power” in Russia.

Parliamentary polls, expected to give a landslide victory to United Russia, are seen as a dress rehearsal for March presidential polls in which both Putin and Medvedev have not ruled out running.

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European Parliament: Critical Resolution On Situation With Human Rights In Azerbaijan

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

The European Parliament adopted a critical resolution on the situation with human rights and democracy in Azerbaijan on May 12 in connection with the imitation of a rally in Baku.

The Azerbaijani Parliament has established a commission which will prepare a letter of protest at the European Parliament’s resolution on Azerbaijan. During the parliamentary session the chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliament Oktay Asadov stressed that dozens of people are illegally arrested every day worldwide, violence is used toward them, but no document was adopted on this occasion.
So, WHY is Azerbaijan so special?

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Uzbek Asylum Seeker Loses Appeal In Kazakh Court – Face torture If Sent Back

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

The Almaty city court has upheld a decision by Kazakh authorities not to grant asylum to Uzbek citizen Shukhrat Kholbaev.

Kholbaev is one of 29 Uzbek Muslims to whom the Kazakh government refused refugee status in December. He is the 14th whose appeal was rejected by the court.Since the court’s decision had been announced, her client could be extradited to Uzbekistan at any time.

Kholbaev and other asylum seekers are wanted in Uzbekistan for alleged involvement with banned religious groups.
The Uzbek asylum seekers say they are simply practicing Muslims and have not done anything wrong. They say they face jail and torture if sent back to Uzbekistan. Kazakh police arrested all 29 of the Uzbek asylum seekers in June.

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Russian President Medvedev Criticizing Putin’s Power + VIDEO

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

Speaking to youth activists from different political parties in central RussiaPresident Dmitry Medvedev says that Russia could face civil war or stagnation if too much power concentrated in the hands of one man.
Mr Medvedev did not mention Mr Putin by name but it was obvious to whom he was referring. He was speaking just days after Mr Putin set up a new political movement that many analysts believe is designed to return him to the presidency in 2012.
VIDEO – Medvedev speech, in Russian with English subtitles.

Russia faces a presidential election next March and neither Mr Putin, 58, nor Mr Medvedev, 45, have ruled out running amid signs that Russia’s ruling elite is increasingly split on the issue.

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Belarus: Journalist Khalip, Wife Of Presidential Candidate Sannikov, Sentenced

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

Sentences to protesters against rigging the presidential election results were given on Solidarity Day.

Pavel Sevyarynets, a co-chairman of the organizing committee to create the Belarusian Christian Democracy party and campaign manager for presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski, is sentenced to 3 years of restriction of freedom in an open type correctional facility.

Syarhei Martseleu, a campaign manager for presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich, was given 2 years of probation.

Journalist Iryna Khalip, the wife of presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, got two years’ sentence with two years of suspension.

Iryna Khalip’s husband, presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, was sentenced to 5 years in a medium security penal colony on May 14.

Iryna Khalip, Pavel Sevyarynets, and Syarhei Martseleu were arrested on December 19, 2010, and thrown in the KGB jail. The journalist was placed under house arrest on January 21, 2011. Sevyarynets and Martseleu remained in custody.

Lawyers say the accusation was “legally ignorant”. Even state prosecutors fail to say what their guilt was. They only guilt they have is that they were in a column of demonstrators at a protest action against falsification of the presidential elections.

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