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European Court Closes TerrorTrial
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, 04 2008


The European Court of Human Rights has closed to the public the trial on the suits by the victims of the October 2002terrorist act at the play Nord-Ost at the theater center in Dubrovka, in Moscow, at the insistence of Russia, which promised to provide a detailed account of the freeing of the hostages there, to reveal the formula of the gas used to narcotize those inside the theater and the names of the special operations agents involved in the action. Surviving audience members and relatives of those killed at the theater will make material claims against Russia at the trial.

The European Court closes trials for reasons of morals, public order, state security, for the protection of minors and to protect trial participants’ private lives. Lawyer for the claimants Igor Trunov commented that “By appealing to the materials in the case, the Russian representative at the European Court [Veronika Milinchuk] is trying to convince her colleagues that the Russian state and special services did all they could to free the hostages, but the situation was so difficult that they couldn’t save everyone.

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Preliminary Investigation into the Murder of Anna Politkovsk
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, 18 2008

MOSCOW, 18JUN RIA Novosti. Theinvestigating committee from the Russian State Prosecutor's Office has completed its preliminary investigation into the murder case involving Anna Politkovksya, reported Vladimir Markin, an official representative of the committee to RIA Novosti.

News reviewer for Novaya Gazeta, Anna Politkovskaya, was killed on the evening of October 7th, 2006, in the stairwell of her home on Lesnaya Street in Moscow.

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, 16 2008
In Dagestan the premiere of ‘In Your Hands’ was held. Itis based on real events the taking of hostages during ‘Nord-Ost’. Fora long time, author Natalya Pelevayn had unsuccessfully tried to interest Russian theaters, primarily in Moscow, in her play. According to her, “there were people who were afraid that after this the state would no longer give money to the theater, or that somehow it would affect them personally, but someone came out and said, you know, Natalie, on reflection, Iwant to say honestly that people just won't come see it.” Only the principal director of the Russian Drama Theatre in Makhachkala, Skanderbek Tulparov, decided to host it. Theaudience gave it a standing ovation. Representatives of the government, however, did not just make a big show out of storming out of the auditorium the next day the show was pulled from the stage on orders of the leadership of Dagestan, even though two more premieres were planned and tickets to these had been already been sold.

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Belief in a goodTsar
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, 05 2008
In his first month as president, Dmitry Medvedev has already received several open letters in the press, in which the authors ask the head of state to reconsider certain judicial decisions or resume the investigations of sensational cases.

Last week human rights advocates sent a letter to the Kremlin, asking for the pardon of 15Russian citizens, including one of the former owners of Yukos, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, as well as some scientists who had been locked up on charges of espionage.

The authors of the letter write that, without the release of political prisoners, the state cannot be considered democratic and, therefore, the moral right of Russia to consider its participation in the 'Big Eight' would depend on further actions from Medvedev.

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Text of the declaration of Voice of Beslan
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, 04 2008

Text of the declaration of ‘Voice of Beslan’ to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation

To: Yuri Yakovlevich Chaika, Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation

From: The victims of the Beslan terrorist attack

D e c l a r a t i o n:

On initiating criminal proceedings against former President of the Russian FederationV.Putin.

In response to statements made by former President of the Russian Federation, Citizen Vladimir Putin during an interview, where he stated the inadmissibility of negotiating with terrorists in Beslan, and further stated that the actions of security forces in School No. 1on September 3rd, 2004, were proper.

In August of 2004, in accordance with a previously developed plan, an armed gang formed inside the Russian Federation in order to seize School No. 1in Beslan.

On the morning of September 1st, 2004, this gang of as yet unidentified numerical composition, using the inaction, absence, and possibly the aid of law enforcement a scenario that the prosecution did not investigate, seized 1,116 hostages.

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