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Pamfilova Won't Apologize to Nashi

Published: October 9, 2009 (Issue # 1516)


MOSCOW The Kremlins human rights council wont apologize for a statement condemning the Nashi youth group for persecuting a journalist and intends to send the matter to prosecutors, council head Ella Pamfilova said Wednesday.

The comments came as United Russia and Liberal Democratic Party deputies piled on Pamfilova, demanding that she apologize for offending veterans and defending Alexander Podrabinek.Pamfilova, who was first appointed as a Kremlin human rights aide by then-President Vladimir Putin in 2002, has stressed that she and the councils members do not share Podrabineks views.

In an article last month, the journalist and human rights activist wrote that members of a veterans group were probably former camp guards and executioners for demanding that a Moscow restaurant be renamed from Antisovetskaya, or Anti-Soviet, to Sovetskaya.

Podrabinek was forced into hiding, saying he and his family received threats, and Nashi has held daily demonstrations outside his apartment for the past week.

At a State Duma session Wednesday, Robert Shlegel, a deputy with United Russia, proposed that the president dismiss Pamfilova for advocating Podrabineks rights. Another United Russia deputy, Frants Klintsevich, who also heads the Russian Union of Afghanistan Veterans, said Tuesday that Pamfilova must be sacked.

On Monday, Pamfilovas watchdog released a statement condemning the persecution campaign organized by irresponsible adventurists from Nashi and cautioning that the activists were showing open signs of extremism.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBAs ongoing Breakfast with the Director series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at Sounds of the Universe, a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the clubs website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit Neophobia at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBAs Marketing and Communications Committees round table discussion on Government Relations Practices in Russia this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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