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Volume 711: debated on Thursday 11 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the trial of 12 Muslims in Kazan, Russia, is being observed by European Union representatives; and whether their prosecution was initiated by the Tatarstan autonomous government or by the Russian Federation authorities. [HL4034]

EU representatives are not formally observing the trial of the 12 defendants in Kazan. Our embassy in Moscow is, however, monitoring developments in the trial. It is important that all judicial processes in this case are carried out fairly and transparently. The UK strongly supports President Medvedev's rule of law agenda, and we discuss these issues regularly with our Russian counterparts, both bilaterally and through the EU.

From the reports on the trial that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has seen, it is unclear who initiated the prosecution of the suspects. These reports do however say that the detention of the suspects was a joint operation between the Tatarstan branch of the Russian Federation Security Service (FSB) and the Tatarstan Ministry of the Interior.