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Week-ending 13 June 2014

Ministry of Justice 


Women of the Don 


Oleg Sentsov 




Right of Association
On 9/6 the Justice Ministry added five NGOs to its list of "foreign agents". President Putin signed a law on 4/6 allowing NGOs to be designated as such without their consent. (The Moscow Times, 9/6)

On 10/6 Pavel Chikov, head of Agora Human Rights Association, appealed to the Constitutional Court of Russia because of pressure against the NGO from Tatarstan prosecutors. (, 10/6)

On 11/6 Union of Women of the Don issued a public statement denying the organization is a ‘foreign agent’. (, 11/6)

High profile cases
On 9/6 a Moscow court sentenced to life in prison two of the five men convicted in the 2006 murder of crusading journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Three other defendants were sentenced to prison terms of between 12 and 20 years. (REF/RL, 9/6)

In a letter to Russian authorities, European film-makers have expressed concern about the fate of Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov, arrested last month. (Screen Daily, 10/6)

On 11/6 Chekhov City Court in Moscow region released Mikhail Kosenko, convicted in the May 6, 2012 Bolotnaya Square riot case, from a mental hospital to continue treatment in an outpatient clinic. (RAPSI, 11/6)

North Caucasus
On 9/6 four suspected militants were killed in Kabardino-Balkaria, the National Antiterrorist Committee said. (RFE/RL, 10/6)

On 12/6 three suspected militants were killed in Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia's National Antiterrorist Committee said. Two police officers were reportedly wounded in the security operation. (RFE/RL, 12/6)

On 12/6 some 50 Muslims in a detention center in the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria reportedly started a hunger strike to protest conditions. (RFE/RL, 13/6)

On 9/6 a bomb exploded in a car in Dagestan’s Ghunib district, killing two people. (RFE/RL, 9/6)

On 9/6 police in Dagestan said they killed a man after a shooting incident along the Buinaksk-Untsukul highway. (RFE/RL, 10/6)

Seventy years after Chechens were deported en masse to Central Asia on the orders of Josef Stalin, Russia's Culture Ministry banned a film about the brutalities of the operation, the film's producer and director Ruslan Kokanayev said on his Facebook page. (The Moscow Times, 13/6)
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16 Jun 2014, 05:17