Persoverzicht Tsjetsjenië - oktober 2007

2 oktober 2007

- Audit Chamber initiates dismissal of auditor: The Audit Chamber’s board has voted to withdraw its confidence in auditor Sergey Abramov and asked the Duma to approve his dismissal. The move is explained by the fact that the recently detained on corruption charges three Audit Chamber employees were Abramov’s subordinates. Media recall that Abramov is the former Chechen PM. (Gazeta, Interfax, Izvestia, Kommersant, MT, NG, Novye Izvestia, RG, Trud, Vedomosti, VN)

3 oktober 2007

- Putin the sole leader on United Russia federal list: (i) Media report widely on a United Russia decision to leave only the name of President Vladimir Putin on its federal list of candidates for the Duma election. Duma speaker and United Russia leader, Boris Gryzlov, will be running as No.1 on the St. Petersburg ticket followed by St. Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko. Vremya novostei points out that many regional lists of United Russia are headed by governors. E.g. Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov will head the United Russia’s regional list for Moscow, President of the Republic of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiyev will lead the party’s list for Tatarstan. The Chechen regional list is headed by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. Emergency Situations Minister Sergey Shoigu will run as No.1 on the Stavropol regional list, Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev is No.1 on the Ryazan regional list, Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev will lead the party’s list for the Perm territory. (ii) According to a poll by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM), 54% of respondents are positive towards Putin’s decision to head the United Russia’s ticket. (Gazeta, Interfax, Izvestia, Kommersant, NG, RG, Vedomosti, VN)

4 oktober 2007

- HR activist faces new criminal case?: According to Kommersant, a new criminal case may be opened against Stanislav Dmitriyevsky, a human rights activist and managing director of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society, on charges of unlicensed software use. The daily recalls that Dmitriyevsky earlier was given a suspended sentence for fomenting ethnic hatred. (Kommersant)

5 oktober 2007

- ECHR ruling on Chechen case: The Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) yesterday ruled that the Russian state should pay 200.000 Euros in compensation to three Chechen women who survived a large-scale military operation conducted by federal forces in Grozny in 2000. The Court took the view that federal forces had failed to open up a corridor for the civilian population and that many civilians had been killed as a result. It is reported that every fifth application to the ECHR emanates from Russia and that the compensation awarded yesterday is one of the highest in the history of the Court in a similar case. (Gazeta)

25 oktober 2007

- Rallies in support of Putin’s third term: Kommersant reports on actions held yesterday in Chechnya and Tver in support of President Vladimir Putin’s third term. Similar actions were held in Volgograd and Kamchatka earlier this week. (Kommersant)

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