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4 Oct 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday ordered [judgment] Russia to compensate former chess master turned political activist, Garry Kasparov [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive], for his unjustified arrest following a planned anti-government demonstration in Moscow in April 2007. According to an ECHR … [read more]


Legal News
15 Dec 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Russian authorities on Sunday arrested [RIA Novosti report] former chess champion and Russian opposition political activist Garry Kasparov [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] and others as they met to form a new political opposition group. Kasparaov's new organization [RIA Novosti report], Solidarnost, is reportedly an outgrowth an … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] Russian president Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] Wednesday proposed constitutional amendments extending the presidential term from four to six years, and the term of members of the State Duma [official website, in Russian] from four to five years. The proposed amendments would change Article 81(1) [text] and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) [group websites] accused the UN Human Rights Council [official website] of "undermin[ing] the freedom of expression in the name of religious sensibilities" in a resolution [text; press release] the two groups adopted Tuesday. Passed at the 2008 … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Russian Prosecutor General's office [official website, in Russian] said Tuesday it has launched a forgery investigation targeting former Russian prime minister and now opposition leader Mikhail Kasyanov [BBC profile]. According to Russian news agencies, the investigation relates to allegations that signatures were forged on petitions nominating Kasyanov for … [read more]


Legal News
3 Dec 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin's United Russia [party website, in Russian] party won parliamentary elections Sunday amid claims of vote-rigging and fraud. United Russia won 64.1 percent of the vote according to preliminary results, far ahead of the Communist Party challenger with 11 percent of the votes. Election observers from … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2007
by Kiely Lewandowski

[JURIST] Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov [personal website, in Russian] was released from jail Thursday after serving five days in custody for organizing an unsanctioned protest [JURIST report] against Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] and resisting arrest. The former chess champion and head of the liberal United Civil Front … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2007
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] Human rights groups have expressed concerns about repression and rights violations in the run-up to Russian parliamentary elections scheduled for Sunday. Amnesty International (AI), [advocacy website] alleged Wednesday that the Russian government has interfered with opposition parties' rights of freedom of expression and free assembly [AI press release]. It … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] A Russian court ruled against former chess champion and liberal United Civil Front [party website, in Russian] leader Garry Kasparov [personal website, in Russian] Monday, denying Kasparov's appeal and ordering him to serve a five day jail sentence [JURIST report] for organizing an unsanctioned protest against Russian President Vladimir … [read more]


Legal News
24 Nov 2007
by Patrick Porter

[JURIST] Former chess champion and liberal United Civil Front [party website, in Russian] leader Garry Kasparov [personal website, in Russian] was arrested Saturday at a demonstration in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin [official website], two weeks before parliamentary elections. AP reports that Kasparov was sentenced to five days in jail … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Russian officials have harassed human rights defense lawyer Karinna Moskalenko and are attempting to disbar her after Moskalenko filed complaints with the European Court of Human Rights over alleged rights violations by the Russian government, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights [advocacy website] said Tuesday. IHF is asking … [read more]


Legal News
22 Apr 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Former chess champion and liberal United Civil Front [party website, in Russian] leader Garry Kasparov [official website, in Russian] has accused Russian police of "brutality" after meeting with Kremlin officials Friday to give an account of his treatment at the hands of police agents following his arrest participating in … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian], the lower house of parliament, unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday that would hike the penalty for vandalizing property during political or ideological protests to a maximum of three years in prison. The bill was initially proposed in the wake of … [read more]


Legal News
16 Apr 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The governor of St. Petersburg has ordered an investigation into allegations of human rights violations during a Sunday rally opposing the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website], according to a Monday press statement. Police arrested dozens of protesters [JURIST report] Sunday before and during the rally in … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Russian police arrested dozens of protesters Sunday before and during a rally in St. Petersburg opposing the policies of Russian president Vladimir Putin for a second straight day. The arrests followed the detention of some 200 anti-Putin protesters [JURIST report] - including liberal United Civil Front [party website, in … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

[JURIST] Russian police Saturday arrested about 200 activists, including former chess great and liberal United Civil Front [party website, in Russian] leader Garry Kasparov [official website, in Russian], for participating in an anti-Putin protest in central Moscow. More than 9,000 police agents were dispatched to prevent the protest there. After … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Organizers and observers of a Moscow rally [JURIST report] held Saturday by a coalition of opposition parties protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin's increasingly-restrictive rights record [JURIST news archive] were quoted in press reports Sunday as saying that police pulled hundreds of would-be demonstrators off buses heading for the unusual … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Russian police Saturday arrested several dozen activists among some 3000 protesting [UCF report, in Russian] in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin's alleged infringements of rights and constitutional freedoms in the country. Authorities said the demonstrators disobeyed police orders to cease yelling and waving signs as they exited a central … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2005
by Matthew Shames

[JURIST] Former chess champion Garry Kasparov, who now works as a human rights activist, has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] of creating a puppet judiciary to persecute opposition leaders. Kasparov compared Putin's recent appointment of an inexperienced jurist to the nation's highest arbitration court to Caligula's naming of … [read more]

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