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Week-ending 10 April 2015

Foreign agent 


40 days

Hunger strike 






Tatyana Guchkova
Right of association
On 8/4 the Justice Ministry added the Russian branch of international anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International to the list of foreign agents. Anton Pominov, Research Director at TI-R, said prosecutors say the center’s activities interfere with the government’s anti-corruption policy. (RAPSI, 8/4)

Boris Nemtsov
On 6/4, Zaur Dadaev who stands charged with killing opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in late February, was reported to have demanded a jury trial. (RAPSI, 6/4)

On 7/4 several hundred people laid flowers at the site of Nemtsov's slaying. Others took part in a "minute of nonsilence" arranged in advance on social network, standing still or honking their car horns at 11 a.m. Moscow time. (RFE/RL, 7/4)

Evgeny Vitishko
On 7/4 environmental activist Evgeny Vitishko began a hunger strike to protest the Supreme Court's refusal to consider his appeal for parole on 20/3. (RFE/RL, 8/4)

Freedom of expression
On 6/4 activists were told that a court in St. Petersburg had authorized the government to block the social-network page of Deti-404, an online support group for LGBT teenagers in Russia, 25/3. (RFE/RL, 7/4)

On 5/4 journalist Vyacheslav Starodubets was briefly kidnapped in Derbent, Dagestan, and badly beaten in an attack he said was retribution for his work. (RFE/RL, 6/4)

In a 5/4 report, the Russian-appointed human rights commissioner in Crimea stated the situation with rights there is worse than in Russian regions. (RFE/RL, 5/4)

On 6/4 the Kyiv Post reported that Arseniy Pavlov, a Russian fighter better known as Motorola, has confessed on tape on ¾ to killing 15 Ukrainian prisoners of war. (Kyiv Post, 6/4)

On 7/4 the State Duma voted to strip deputy Ilya Ponomarev, the only deputy who voted against last year's annexation of Crimea, of his immunity from prosecution as a lawmaker, opening the way for him to face possible embezzlement charges. (The Moscow Times, 7/4)

On 9/4 Tatyana Guchakova, former deputy chief editor of Black Sea News, was detained for questioning by FSB officers in Yalta after a 10-hour search of her home. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 10/4)
Rights in Russia,
12 Apr 2015, 06:41