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Week-ending 19 September 2014

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Freedom of expression
On 12/9 Ksenia Batanova, chief producer at Dozhd TV channel was attacked, beaten, and robbed by two unidentified men. (RFE/RL, 12/9)

On 16/9 the State Duma proposed limiting foreign shareholding in Russian media outlets, effective from 1/1/16, including the print media, to 20%. Under current legislation, foreigners can own up to 50% of a TV channel or radio station, but there is no limit on foreign shareholding in the print media. (RAPSI, 17/9)

On 18/9 the BBC issued a statement calling on Russian authorities to thoroughly investigate an attack on its staff that took place on 16/9 in the Russian city of Astrakhan. (RIA Novosti, 18/9)

Business & human rights
On 16/9 billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov was detained on suspicion of financial improprieties in his 2009 acquisition of Bashneft, a midsize oil producer and refiner based in Bashkortostan. (Los Angeles Times, 20/9)

On 17/9 former director of Yukos Oil Company Mikhail Khodorkovsky linked the criminal case against Vladimir Yevtushenkov with the conflict with state-owned Rosneft over the shares of Bashneft. (RIA Novosti, 17/9)

On 19/9 Vladimir Yevtushenkov was reportedly released from house arrest. (The Moscow Times, 19/9)

On 14/9, voters went to the polls in 84 of Russia’s 85 federal subjects to elect 30 regional governors, 14 regional and 21 municipal legislatures. Pundits noted mass apathy and a scarcity of serious challengers to state-preferred candidates. (The Moscow Times, 14/9)

On 15/9 a court in the city of Voronezh dismissed an appeal filed by Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, who claims she was kidnapped and forcibly transported to Russia on 18/6, against the extension of her detention to 30/10. (RAPSI, 15/9)

On 18/9 Crimean Tatar scholar Nadir Bekir was attacked by masked assailants who took his passport, apparently to prevent him travelling to a UN conference. (RFE/RL, 19/9)

On 18/9 Russian authorities impounded the building of the Crimean Tatars' Mejlis, a minority group that largely boycotted recent local elections. (RFE/RL, 18/9)

On 19/9, the main Crimean Tatar library in Simferopol, announced that it is being shut down. (RFE/RL, 19/9)
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21 Sep 2014, 08:44