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Still No Justice for Victims of Beslan

Ella Kesayeva, leader of the non-registered association of the victims of the Beslan school siege, Voice of Beslan, posted these disturbing photos on 1 September 2013, nine years after the tragedy. The photos have never been published before. All the people in the photos died on 3 September 2004.



Interpol Again Rejects Russian Request


The General Secretariat of Interpol has announced that Russia could not use Interpol to arrest William Browder, CEO and co-founder of Hermitage Capital, who was running a campaign to bring Russian officials responsible for the death of whistleblower Sergey Magnitsky to justice. A day earlier, Russia sent a search request to Interpol on Mr Browder.


Finland: Call to Arrest Putin


A group of Finnish civic activists has today filed a report to the police, calling for the arrest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and for an investigation into his actions during the war in Chechnya.


Finland: Conduit for FSB?


Photo: Oleg Galushko with his family.

A Russian businessman, Oleg Galushko (Galouchko), was detained in Finland in February 2013 on an Interpol extradition request from Russia. Mr Galushko’s Russian lawyer contended that the charges against his client were fabricated and feared what would happen to him were Finland to extradite him to Russia. Mr Galushko has dual Russian and Canadian citizenship.


Finnish MPs for Sanctions in Magnitsky Case

A group of leading members of the Finnish Parliament, spearheaded by the National Coalition Party’s MP, Pia Kauma, submitted a written question to the government on the question of sanctions against Russian officials involved in the murder of the Russian lawyer, Sergey Magnitsky. So far, the United States and the Netherlands have imposed visa bans on the officials. Moreover, the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have urged member states to freeze the assets of the officials involved and impose international visa bans.


Prosecuting the Dead

“Russia is sliding down a slippery slope into a criminal abyss,” writes David Crane, Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law. “The Magnitsky case only amplifies the distortion of the concept of freedom and democracy by the Putin regime.”

“Dissent at all levels is being quashed and legislation is being passed by a complacent Duma limiting freedom of expression and assembly. Thugs working in the Russian security services operate with impunity outside of the law — arresting, even killing, those who step forward in opposition,” Professor Crane states.

“Russia […] operates largely outside the norms of civilized society. Armed with “veto power” in the UN Security Council, and hence “protected from sanction,” Russia slides through recent history, a dangerous snake operating in the shadows and a lethal threat to the strides the international community has made in basic human rights,” he concludes.

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Putin Arrested

[Fake. For now.]