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Russian Rights Council Asks For G8 Investigation


http://gdb.rferl.org/1D91E219-1EFE-416D-BDE6-CD1F206537A2_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/1D91E219-1EFE-416D-BDE6-CD1F206537A2_mw800_mh600.jpg Ella Pamfilova (left) with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a pre-G8 meeting of international NGOs in early July (official site) July 17, 2006 -- The head of Russia's presidential human rights council says she has asked the country's prosecutor-general to look into claims that police detained and intimidated a large number of anti-G8 protesters.


Ella Pamfilova, who heads the Presidential Council on Civil Institutions and Human Rights, says she wants police officers who violated the protesters' rights to be punished.


On July 16, 40 anti-G8 protesters were detained at a demonstration in central St. Petersburg.


(AP, Interfax)

G8 Summit: St. Petersburg, July 15-17

A worker hangs G8 banners outside the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg (epa)

SITTING DOWN AT THE TABLE: On July 15-17, Russia hosts the leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized countries in its northern capital, St. Petersburg. The event is a landmark in Russia's reemergence on the international stage after more than a decade of painful transition. In many ways, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be the strongest and most confident of the leaders at the meeting, despite international concerns about the state of Russia's democratic development. Below are links to some of RFE/RL's reporting on the run-up to this major international event.

Confident Kremlin Prepares To Preside Over G8 Summit

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MORE: Follow the coverage of the G8 summit in St. Petersburg in Russian on the website of RFE/RL's Russian Service. An archive of RFE/RL's coverage of Russia in English.

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