Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Rospotrebnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision in Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare) issued an order prohibiting educational trips of Russian schoolchildren to the U.K. The stated reason is that the U.K. is unsafe in terms of the swine flu. Rospotrebnadzor’s head Gennady Onishchenko explained that the agency may prohibit Russian tourist companies from issuing travel documents to children and request the Russian border control service to stop children groups on the border. Experts opine that restricting constitutional rights of citizens Dr. Onishchenko grossly exceeded his authority, which may qualify as criminal offence. Rospotrebnadzor and its head are notorious for imposing sanitary-grounded “sanctions” on countries having political frictions with Russia. In particular, Dr. Onishchenko has declared import bans on Moldovan wine, Georgian wine and mineral water, Latvian sprats, Byelorussian milk, and U.S. poultry.
Monday, July 27, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Prominent Russian human rights activist Natalia Estemirova was abducted in
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Ukrainian Ministry of Culture and Tourism prohibited the distribution and showing of Sacha Baron Cohen’s movie “Brüno.” The movie is a best-selling
Monday, July 13, 2009
The Supreme Court of Ingushetia, Russia, affirmed the refusal of a lower court to hold the detention of Mahomed Yevloyev illegal. Meanwhile, Yevloyev family filed a claim against
According to a new law adopted in
Frederic Bourke, a well-known
Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s project of a judicial reform became a subject of heated debate in the Russian legal community, judging by the responses published by the Kommersant-Vlast journal, which also had published the original article by Khodorkovsky (proposing a large-scale judicial reform with the main idea to secure the independence of Russian courts).
Thursday, July 9, 2009
A district court in Kyiv directed Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko to set referendum on the issues of joining NATO and of joining the “Common Economic Space” (an economic union with
RF Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) discovered that some governmental entities, when placing on the specialized official web site the information on government purchase orders, had used in the order texts Latin letters instead of similar Russian letters, the numeral “0” instead of the letter “о,” etc. The apparent purpose was to prevent potential bidders from finding the order in the database, and, accordingly, letting the bidder favored by the responsible official to easily win the contract. FAS found the practice illegal and cancelled several of the resulting contracts of such kind. FAS warned responsible officials of administrative and possibly criminal liability for using Latin letters in Russian governmental order texts.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke expressed scepticism as to
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Russian Authors Organization (RAO), a collective right-management organization, sued OOO Yug-Art, a Russian company that had organized in
President Dmitry Medvedev, answering the question of an Italian journalist whether he intends to pardon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said that “so far there is nothing to discuss.” Medvedev stated that in accordance with the existing rules “a person [to be pardoned] must address President, admit guilt, and beg for a relevant decision.” However, Khodorkovsky’s attorney Yuri Shmidt opined that Medvedev’s statement was erratic. Although it indeed reflects the regular practice, in fact the law does not require formal admission of guilt as a prerequisite for the pardon. Moreover, President is not legally limited to pardoning only those who filed a pardon petition, whether or not containing an admission.
Monday, July 6, 2009
The State Duma (the Russian parliament lower chamber) approved President Dmitry Medvedev amendments to the Law “On Non-Commercial Organizations” (also known as “non-government organizations,” or NGOs). The amendments simplify the reporting of existing NGOs and the registration procedures for newly established ones. This refers only to domestic NGOs; foreign NGOs are still toughly regulated. Now, to enter into force, the law must be approved by the upper chamber and signed by President.
Vladimir Bukreeev, formerly Deputy Chairman of the
Saturday, July 4, 2009
The Investigation Committee of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office finalized the investigation of the circumstances of the 2008 events in
Friday, July 3, 2009
The European Court of Human Rights accepted fro consideration the suit of
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Effective from July 1 the activity of casinos and gambling machine businesses became illegal throughout
Dmitry Dovgy, the former head of the main investigative arm at the Investigation Committee of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office was sentenced to nine years of imprisonment for bribery. A jury found him guilty of accepting a bribe of 750,000 euro for closing a criminal investigation. Dovgy is known for his role in a number of high-profile investigations, including the one against Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak.
President Alexander Lukashenko pardoned Emmanuel Seltzer, a