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Week-ending 3 October 2014

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Oleh Sentsov 






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Sova Centre 


On 28/9 Elena Vasilieva, creator of a Facebook group reporting on deaths of Russian service personnel in Ukraine said a group she created on Odnoklassniki had been blocked. (, 29/9)

On 29/9 a Moscow court extended pretrial detention of Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, arrested in Crimea and accused of plotting terrorist attacks, until 11/1/15. (RFE/RL, 29/9)

On 29/9 Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev said authorities in Russian-annexed Crimea had transferred his son, arrested in May 2013 after allegedly shooting a friend dead, from the peninsula to Russia's Krasnodar region. (RFE/RL, 29/9)

On 1/10 the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights, Nils Muiznieks, said his "biggest concern" in Ukraine is the plight of Crimean Tatars who have remained in Crimea since it was annexed by Russia in March. (RFE/RL, 1/10)

On 2/10 Tatar activist Fauziya Bayramova was given a suspended one-year prison sentence for inciting ethnic hatred after she posted two articles on Facebook condemning Russia's moves toward annexation of Crimea). (RFE/RL, 2/10)

Civil society activists / groups
On 29/9 Moscow Helsinki Group announced it has folded most operations in the country due to funding issues. The group has suspended its educational program, sacked 10 of 17 staffers and cut salaries for the rest. (The Moscow Times, 29/9)

On 30/9 Krasnodar Regional court upheld the 3-year suspended sentence for fraud handed to Mikhail Savva, professor at Kuban State University and director of grant programmes at Southern Regional Resource Centre. (Moscow Helsinki Group, 1/10)

On 30/9 the Presidential Human Rights Council lambasted a recently passed bill that threatens to strictly curtail foreign ownership of Russian media assets. (The Moscow Times, 30/9)

On 30/9 the Sova Centre reported that 14 people have been killed and 77 injured in ethnically motivated attacks across Russia since the beginning of 2014. (RFE/RL, 30/9)

Freedom of religion
On 2/10 the European Court for Human Rights ruled in favor of unregistered Church of Scientology, over the refusal of St. Petersburg authorities to officially recognize it as a legal entity. (RAPSI, 2/10)

North Caucasus
On 2/10 police in Daghestan killed at least three militants during a security operation in the village of Vremenny of Untsukul district. One police officer was wounded. (RFE/RL, 3/10)
Rights in Russia,
5 Oct 2014, 11:57