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Week-ending 21 November 2014



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Freedom of expression
On 18/11 Roskomnadzor said a journalist who runs an online support group for LGBT teenagers would be charged under the law on promoting "gay propaganda" to minors. (RFE/RL, 18/11)

On 18/11 chief editor of Ekho Moskvy, Aleksei Venediktov, filed a complaint against the warning issued by Roskomnadzor over a broadcast about events in Donetsk. (, 18/11)

On 18/11 chief editor of Ekho Moskvy Aleksei Venediktov said he was preparing to make an offer to purchase the embattled media outlet. (RFE/RL, 18/11)

On 19/11 radio station Ekho Moskvy said its state-controlled owner, Gazprom Media, had rescinded its order that radio host Aleksandr Plyushchev be fired and canceled a vote of the broadcaster's board that threatened to remove the station's editor in chief and alter its news coverage and. (RFE/RL, 19/11)

Right of association
On 20/11 the Ministry of Justice registered two more Russian NGOs - Regional Press Institute and - as "foreign agents.” (The Moscow Times, 20/11)

On 20/11 Amnesty International representatives delivered a letter of solidarity with Russian NGOs signed by more than one hundred NGOs from various countries to the presidential administration. (, 19/11)

Freedom of confession
On 16/11 reports said the Supreme Court had approved Russia's first region-wide ban (in Samara) of the Jehovah's Witnesses religious group, deeming them ‘extremist’, on 12/11. (The Moscow Times, 16/11)

Justice system
On 17/11 Moscow City Court upheld the detention of roofer Vladimir Podrezov, charged with painting the star and hoisting a Ukrainian flag on a Moscow skyscraper on 20/8. (RAPSI , 17/11)

On 17/11 Britain-based businessman William Browder said Interpol would revisit Russia’s request for his arrest on charges linked to whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow jail five years ago this week. (RFE/RL, 1711)

North Caucasus
On 21/11 officials in Daghestan said local police had killed two suspected militants in the Caspian Sea port city of Derbent (RFE/RL, 21/11).

On 17/11 four alleged militants were killed and two police officers wounded in a gun battle near the village of Sernovodskaya in Chechnya. (RFE/RL, 17/11)
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24 Nov 2014, 05:52