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Week-ending 26 September 2014


Internet bill 

Law upheld 



V. Yevtushenkov 

Anti-war protest 


Pavel Chikov 
& Agora
Freedom of expression
On 22/9 a concert by rock musician Andrei Makarevich in St. Petersburg on 28/9 was canceled following his public criticism of Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 22/9)

On 25/9 activists from the group led by nationalist Eduard Limonov disrupted a concert in Moscow by Andrei Makarevich, releasing a gas into the concert hall. (RFE/RL, 26/9)

On 25/9 the State Duma approved a bill to expedite new Internet regulations requiring all online companies to store users' personal data on Russian territory from 1/1/15. (The Moscow Times, 25/9)

On 26/9, Russia's media watchdog sent notifications to Google, Facebook and Twitter, demanding they register as "organizers of information distribution" under a law requiring storage of users’ data in Russia. (The Moscow Times, 26/9)

LGBT rights
On 25/9 Russia's Constitutional Court ruled the controversial law banning "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations" among minors is not in breach of the Constitution. (RAPSI, 25/9)

Freedom of movement
Five rights advocates were reportedly prevented from leaving Russia to attend the UN’s World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in the US that opened 22/9. (The Moscow Times, 23/9)

Court decisions – politically motivated?
On 22/9 Moscow City Court found valid the extension of probation for opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the Kirovles case. Navalny has remained under house arrest since 28/3. He is prohibited from using the Internet. (RAPSI, 22/9)

On 25/9 Moscow City Court upheld a lower court's decision to hold Vladimir Yevtushenkov under house arrest until 16/11. (RFE/RL, 25/9)

On 21/9 tens of thousands of people marched in Moscow to protest against Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict. (BBC, 21/9)

North Caucasus
On 25/9 police in Makhachkala, Daghestan, killed a militant wanted for his alleged involvement in attacks against law enforcement officers. A police officer was wounded in the incident. (RFE/RL, 26/9

On 25/9 the Norwegian Rafto Foundation awarded its annual prize to Pavel Chikov and Agora Human Rights Association for their work defending the right to fair trials. (RFE/RL, 25/9)
Rights in Russia,
29 Sep 2014, 04:43