TODAY: EU parliament member criticizes Putin; Nashi lawsuit thrown out; Kruglova sentence suspended; Dagestan bombings; Matviyenko for President? Military cooperation with Israel; Frolov blasts Medvedev (again); internet crimesolving.
Heidi Hautala, the head of the European Parliament parliament’s subcommittee on human rights who attended last week’s Strategy 31 protests in Moscow, told journalists that ‘Russia would be better off without Putin
‘ and criticized the country’s prison conditions as its ‘main catastrophe of human rights
‘. A weekend Washington Post editorial
draws attention to the treatment of protesters at last week’s rally. Nashi’s lawsuit against opposition leader Ilya Yashin has been thrown out by a Moscow Court, which means that Yashin will not have to retract his accusations
about Nashi’s ‘doctored
‘ anti-opposition videos. The 22-year prison sentence for mother-of-four Yulia Kruglova has been suspended until 2022
, following a campaign that included members of the public as well as the prosecution.
Vladimir Frolov usually uses his Moscow Times column
to criticize Dmitry Medvedev. In his latest installment, he insists that Medvedev’s decision to temporarily halt the destruction of the Khimki forest makes the President look ‘wishy washy
‘. Here’s a brilliant article on the opportunities for crimesolving presented to ordinary citizens by the internet
PHOTO: Policemen patrol outside the newly built casino in the town of Azov in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, September 4, 2010. REUTERS/Vladimir Konstantinov