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Week-ending 27 February 2015



Gay rally  



Media Rights Centre

Zona Prava 

Shipilov flees to Ukraine 

Savchenko’s health in question 

Savchenko’s detention extended
Politically-motivated violence
On 21/2 unidentified men in civilian clothes disrupted a conference of the A Just Russia party in Makhachkala and assaulted and beat up the head of the party organization in Daghestan, Gadjimurad Omarov. (RFE/RL, 22/2)

On 27/2 Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed late at night in central Moscow. His killer escaped from the scene and has not been identified. Amnesty International has called for a prompt, impartial and effective investigation. (Amnesty International, 28/2)

Right of assembly
On 24/2 officials in Arkhangelsk banned a previously approved gay-rights rally that was planned for 25/2. (RFE/RL, 25/2)

On 25/2 police detained a 33rd suspect in the Bolotnoe case. Ivan Nepomnyashchikh, 24, faces up to 10 years behind bars on a charge of assaulting a police officer. (The Moscow Times, 26/2)

Right of association
On 24/2 OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic said the “continued intimidation” of media nongovernmental organizations in Russia “further endangers” the media freedom situation. (RFE/RL, 24/2)

On 26 February the Ministry of Justice added the Voronezh-based Centre for Media Rights to the register of ‘foreign agents’. The Centre for Media Rights has launched a petition against the involuntary registration. (, 2/3)

On 26/2 two members of Pussy Riot filed a complaint at the European Court of Human Rights over Russia's refusal to register their prisoners' rights group, Zona Prava (Law Zone). (RFE/RL, 26/2)

Freedom of expression

On 26/2 Russian journalist Dmitry Shipilov from Kemerovo said he is Ukraine and has applied for asylum there. In 2012 Shipilov was sentenced to 11 months’ community service for insulting Kemerovo region's governor, Aman Tuleyev. (RFE/RL, 27/2)

Security and liberty of person
On 23/2 human rights activist Valery Borshchev, who visited Nadia Savchenko in detention, said that after 73 days on hunger strike she is experiencing kidney and gall bladder problems. She has not been examined by an international team of doctors as she has requested. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 24/2)

On 25/2 Moscow appeals court rejected hunger-striking Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko's challenge against extension of her pretrial detention period until 13/5. (RFE/RL, 25/2)
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2 Mar 2015, 05:14