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Week-ending 13 February 2015




Tomsk TV-2 

Head scarves 

RSF Index




Prosecutions of activists
On 12/2 investigators in Moscow searched the apartment belonging to the parents of Nikita Kulachenkov, an associate of Aleksei Navalny, wanted in connection with the alleged theft of a picture found last year in Navalny's apartment. (RFE/RL, 12/2)

On 9/2 investigators announced a new charge of fraud had been brought against Liudmila Bogatenkova, chair of Budennovsk Soldiers' Mothers Committee, for allegedly accepting a bribe. (The Moscow Times, 9/2)

Right of association
On 13/2 prosecutors sent the Russian branch of Transparency International a warning that is likely a precursor to registering it as a foreign agent. (The Moscow Times, 13/2)

Freedom of expression
On 8/2 Siberian independent TV station TV-2 ceased broadcasting by cable as a result of being stripped of its licence. (RSF, 8/2)

On 11/2 the Supreme Court upheld a ban on head scarves for schoolgirls in the Mordovia region, rejecting an appeal filed by Mufti Fagim Shafiyev. (RFE/RL, 12/2)

Reporters Without Borders ranked Russia #152 out of 180 countries in its 2015 World Press Freedom Index with a score of 44.97. (Reporters Without Borders, 12/2)

Capital punishment
On 10/2 Viacheslav Lebedev, chair of the Supreme Court, said he opposes calls to end the country's moratorium on capital punishment. (RFE/RL, 10/2)

On 7/2 Mark Feigin, lawyer of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko, said the Investigative Committee had turned down a request to drop the charges against her. (The Moscow Times, 8/2)

On 10/2 a Moscow court extended the detention of Nadezhda Savchenko until May 13. Savchenko has been on hunger strike since 13/12. (The Moscow Times, 10/2)

On 12/2 a Crimean court remanded in custody for 3 more months Akhtem Chyyhoz, deputy head of the Mejlis, arrested on 29/1 on charges relating to a demonstration outside the Crimean parliament. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 12/2)

On 8/2 courts in Crimea remanded Oleksandr Kostenko (on charges of attacking a Ukrainian security officer in Kyiv during 2014 Kyiv protests) and Iskender Kantemirov (on charges of taking part in “mass disorder” in Simferopol in February 2014) in custody for 2 months. (RFE/RL, 9/2)