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Week-ending 20 February 2015




15 days’ jail 





Restrictions on police travel
Aleksei Navalny
On 15/2 opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and an associate were detained by police in central Moscow for several hours on February 15 for distributing the leaflets. (RFE/RL, 19/2)

On 17/2 a Russian court ended house arrest terms for Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny. The court upheld a suspended three-and-a-half-year prison term for Navalny, and a similar term in prison for his brother Oleg, in a theft case the two say is politically motivated. (Reuters, 17/2)

On 18/2 Moscow's Tagansky district court ruled that the federal media watchdog's ban on anti-corruption crusader Alexei Navalny's website in early January for publishing an appeal to the public to attend an unsanctioned rally on 15/1 was legal, thereby dismissing Navalny's suit against the media watchdog. (The Moscow Times, 18/2)

On 20/2 Aleksei Navalny was sentenced to 15 days in prison for handing out leaflets on 15/2 to publicise a demonstration planned for on 1/3. (BBC, 20/2)

Prosecution of activists

On 15/2 Pavel Shekhtman, a Russian political activist facing jail time on extremism charges, announced that he has escaped house arrest in Moscow and fled to Ukraine, where he is seeking political asylum. (The Moscow Times, 15/2)

On 16/2 Moscow City Court ruled that the pre-trial detention of Sveltana Davydova, a woman from Vyazma who is accused of treason, from 22/1 until 3/2 was illegal. The court, however, did not drop the charges against Davydova. (RFE/RL, 16/2)

Right of assembly
On 16/2 a coalition of opposition activists including anticorruption blogger Aleksei Navalny, former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov, former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov, and formerly jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, applied to the Moscow authorities for permission to hold a mass demonstration (dubbed the "vesna [Spring] anti-crisis march") in the capital on 1/3. (RFE/RL, 16/2)

On 20/2 most opposition parties and groups agreed to hold a demonstration in a remote area of Moscow after being denied permission to rally in the city center. Boris Nemtsov, co-chair of the RPR-Parnas party, told reporters the "most important thing is not the place of the march, but the message." (RFE/RL, 20/2)

Freedom of travel
On 17/2 Russia's Interior Ministry confirmed that police officers have been told to no longer travel outside the former Soviet Union. (The Moscow Times, 17/2)
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23 Feb 2015, 03:50