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Week-ending 6 February 2015

Civic Assistance 


Sakharov Centre

Moscow Times 







Right of association
On 31/1 prosecutors launched an inspection of the Civic Assistance Committee (an NGO). (, 2/2)

On 5/2 the home and office of Lyudmila Kuzmina, head of the Samara branch of Golos, were raided after she was accused of large-scale tax evasion. (The Moscow Times, 5/2)

On 4/2 the Sakharov Center filed a complaint against an inspection by the Ministry of Justice that led to the center being placed on a register of foreign agent NGOs. (RAPSI, 4/2)

Freedom of expression
On 4-5/2 The Moscow Times’ website was hacked, with attackers succeeding in taking down the website. It was unclear who was behind the cyber-attack. (The Guardian, 5/2)

Liberty and security of person
On 1/ 2 Ekho Moskvy reported almost 25,000 signatures had been gathered for a petition to help Svetlana Davydova who is accused of treason. (RFE/RL, 1/ 2)

On 2/2 a lawyer acting for Svetlana Davydova said his client had recanted testimony she gave earlier and rejected a court-appointed defense attorney. (RFE/RL, 3/2)

On 3/2 a lawyer for Svetlana Davydova said his client had been released from Lefortovo detention center on condition that she remains in her hometown of Vyazma. (RFE/RL, 3/2)

On 4/2 Murad Magomedov, a lawyer working for Memorial Human Rights Centre, was severely beaten near the Dagestan Supreme Court building in Makhachkala. (RFE/RL, 4/5)

On 6/2 Magomed Khazbiyev, a prominent opposition activist from Ingushetia, was detained in neighboring Chechnya with no charges made or explanation given. (RFE/RL, 6/2)

On 6/2 investigators searched the homes of Roman Alburov, director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, and lhis family members. (RFE/RL, 6/2)

On 2/2 a lawyer acting for Nadia Savchenko says the captured Ukrainian air force pilot remains "resolute" after 50 days on a hunger strike in a Russian prison. (RFE/RL, 2/2)

On 3/2 Russian investigators brought a new charge against Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov under Article 222 § 3 (unlawfully obtaining, selling, possessing weapons, explosive substances and devices). (Human Rights in Ukraine, 3/2)

On 5/2 a controversial monument featuring a statue of Soviet leader Josef Stalin was unveiled in Yalta. (RFE/RL, 5/2)
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9 Feb 2015, 03:02