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Week-ending 17 October 2014

Foreign ownership



US journalists 



8 detained 

K. Yankauskas 


L. Bogatenkova 

3 killed 

Meeting with Putin
Freedom of expression
On 15/10 Vladimir Putin signed a new law limiting foreign ownership of Russian media outlets. (The Telegraph, 15/10)

On 15/10 Teatr.doc said the Moscow city authorities had terminated its lease, thus threatening the theatre with closure. (The Moscow Times, 16/10)

On 16/10 reports said state-controlled Gazprom-Media and companies affiliated with financier Yury Kovalchuk, reportedly a close personal friend of Putin, are preparing to acquire influential business newspaper Vedomosti. (The Moscow Times, 16/10)

On 16/10 two US journalists, Joe Bergantino and Randy Covington, were arrested at a journalism workshop in St. Petersburg. A court ruled they had the wrong visas and had to leave Russia by 17/10. (The Sun Chronicle, 16/10) 

Right of association
On 15/10 Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, called for Memorial to be allowed to continue its work. (Council of Europe, 15/10) 

On 13/10 Crimean filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, held in detention in Russia on suspicion of plotting explosions in the peninsula's capital, was added to Russia's terrorist register, though he has not yet stood trial on the charges. (The Moscow Times, 13/10)

On 14/10 eight alleged leaders of the Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami organization were arrested in the Republic of Tatarstan, the Federal Security Service reported. (RAPSI, 14/10)

On 15/10 a Moscow court extended the house arrest of Konstantin Yankauskas, an associate of Aleksei Navalny, until 10/12. (RFE/RL, 15/10)

On 16/10 Amnesty International called for the immediate and unconditional release of Mikhail Feldman, Oleg Savvin and Dmitriy Fonarev, detained since April for raising a German flag over an official building in Kaliningrad. (AI, 16/10)

On 17/10 the home of the head of Budennovsk Soldiers' Mothers Committee Liudmila Bogatenkova, was searched by police. She was later detained on 18/10. (RFE/RL, 18/10)

On 16/10, security forces killed three suspected militants in Derbent, Dagestan. (RFE/RL, 16/10)

Human Rights Council
On 14/10 the annual meeting of President Putin and the members of the Human Rights Council took place. Reports said many key human rights issues were not discussed. (, 15/10)
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19 Oct 2014, 08:22