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Letter from the Chairman of the UN Committee against Torture to the Ambassador Extraordinary of the Russian Federation

"On 8 May 2013, the Moscow City Prosecutor's Office submitted Citation No. 27-29-2013 to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Foundation for Assistance in the Protection of Citizen's Rights and Freedoms "Public Verdict", initiating an administrative case in.relation to alleged violations of Federal Law of 12 January 1996 No. 7-FZ on Non-profit Organizations and Article 7 of the Federal Law of 29 December 1994 No. 77-FZ on the Legal Deposit Copy. The publication of the report submitted by this organization to the Committee, and posted on the Committee's website, was cited among the bases for the charges".

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Natalia Taubina on Torture in Russia: 'Unfortunately these good initiatives did not lead to positive changes in practice'

‘This Alternative Report, prepared by a coalition of Russian NGOs, covers various aspects of the way our country fulfils its obligations, as laid down by the Convention against Torture. This concerns the use of torture by the police; the situation in penal institutions; the problem of institutionalised bullying; and other forms of cruel, humiliating practices within the army. The report also deals with psychiatric institutes and the problems there of cruel treatment, and the absence of appropriate methods of oversight over compulsory treatment; the absence of effective investigations into all these crimes; and the absence of rehabilitation procedures for victims. Immediately after the previous report had been reviewed in November 2006, the Russian Federation adopted a series of legislative and regulatory measures aimed at improving the situation; unfortunately these good initiatives did not lead to positive changes in practice. Take the creation by the Investigating Committee of a special subdivision with the task of investigating crimes by officials, for example. This did not lead to any reduction in torture by the police.'

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Russian NGO Shadow Report on the Observance of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by the Russian Federation for the period from 2006 to 2012

This Report is submitted to the UN Committee against Torture within the framework of its examination of the Russia's Fifth Periodic Report on implementation of the Convention against Torture. The Report is aimed at comprehensively tackling the issues of observing in Russia the rights enshrined in the Convention and at drawing the Committee experts' attention to the most burning problems in the sphere of these rights realization, which have not been reflected in the Russian Federation Report.

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49th session of the UN Committee against Torture Consideration of the 5th Russian periodic report NGOs hearings

Intervention by Natalia Taubina, Public Verdict Foundation: "I would like to bring your attention to the fact that over the course of the reporting period in the Russian Federation several reforms were initiated: Interior Ministry, investigative bodies, the penal system, reform in military, and although at the moment reforms continue, intermediate results seem to be possible".

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The Case of Mikhail Kosenko: Experts Have Doubts

Aside from participation in "mass riots", Mikhail Kosenko is being charged with the use of violence endangering the life or health of a representative of authority ( Article 318, Section 2, of the Criminal Code). However, the evidence gathered by the investigation is extremely weak. All the video recording shows is that Kosenko held the police officer by the hand without landing any blows or doing anything dangerous.

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Natalia Taubina: On the Psychiatric Evaluation of Mikhail Kosenko

I have in front of me a report released by a committee of forensic psychiatrists who conducted an outpatient competency evaluation of Mikhail Kosenko. The report's findings, judging by recent information in the press and the logic of the document itself, became the main reason why the court decided to institute separate proceedings against Mikhail Kosenko.

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Natalia Taubina on the New Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev

"At present, we can only judge the new Minister on what he has said to the press. It's true that he says that the reforms will continue, noting that the legislative basis for the reforms has now been created, so it is time to adjust the structure. By the looks of it, he has some organisational decisions in mind, which will allow the situation within the Ministry of Internal Affairs to improve".

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Public Verdict Foundation activity report

This report reflects some of the key activities and achievements of the Public Verdict Foundation in 2011. The programs described below are part of our mission to promote respect for human rights and liberties in Russia.

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Human Rights Organizations Set Up Joint Co-ordinating Centre

Human rights organizations have created a Joint Headquarters to provide legal assistance to citizens taking part in the protests against the falsification of the State Duma elections.

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Memorandum of the Working Group of Human Rights Organizations on the Progress of Police Reform

At the start of 2010 the NGO Working Group on Police Reform developed a Plan for Reform of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. On 19 March 2010 this Plan was presented to a joint meeting of the Working Group, the Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights, and the Civic Chamber's Commission for Public Oversight of the Activities and Reform of Law Enforcement and the Justice System.

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The execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights concerning the effectiveness of the investigation into torture and cruel treatment committed by the police

1. The present memorandum has been prepared by a group of Russian human rights NGOs providing legal support to the victims of torture and other human rights violations committed by law-enforcement officers. Authors of the present memorandum are Krasnoyarsk Committee for Human Rights Protection, Memorial Human Rights Commission of Komi Republic, Interregional Public Organization "Committee against Torture" (Nizhni Novgorod), Regional Public Organization "Women of the Don Union" (Rostov on Don), Regional Public Organization "Man and Law" (Yoshkar Ola), Public Verdict Foundation (Moscow), Center of Civic Education and Human Rights (Perm).

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On Compliance of the Russian Federation with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

The Alternative NGO Report On Compliance of the Russian Federation with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in the period from 2003 to 2008 has been prepared jointly by a coalition of Russian non-governmental organizations, including Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights, SOVA Center for Information and Analysis, "Public Verdict" Foundation, "Memorial" Human Rights Center, "Civic Assistance" Committee, Center for International Protection, National Center for Prevention of Violence "Anna", Center for the Defense of Media Rights, and the Inter-Regional Human Rights Group. Materials for the report have been also provided by Lawyers for Constitutional Rights and Freedoms/ JURIX, Moscow Helsinki Group, the Institute for Human Rights, "Right of the Child", "Social Partnership" Foundation, and other Russian NGOs. Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights coordinated preparation of the Report.

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