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Week-ending 9 January 2015

House arrest 




Tomsk TV-2 

Foreign agent law 


Three dead



Aleksei Navalny
On 5/1 Aleksei Navalny said he would no longer comply with the terms of his house arrest and had cut off his monitoring tag. On 6/1 he went out to buy milk. (The Guardian, 5/1; RFE/RL, 6/1)

LGBT rights
On 4/1 a new order, signed by PM Mevedev on 29/12, lists transsexual and transgender people among those who will no longer qualify for driving licences because of ‘medical conditions’. (BBC, RFE/RL; 8/1)

On 4/1 Izvestia reported the head of Gosfilmofond said his organization would take no part in Peter Greenaway's film about Sergei Eisenstein unless details of Eisenstein's "nontraditional sexual orientation" were cut. (The Moscow Times, 5/1)

Freedom of expression
On 9/1 in a statement on Instagram, Kadyrov said he thinks chief editor Aleksei Venediktov "has turned Ekho Moskvy into the main anti-Islamic mouthpiece." Venediktov said he would complain to law-enforcement officials. (RFE/RL, 9/1)

On 9/1 a series of single-person protests were held in Tomsk calling for the local TV-2 independent TV station to be allowed to resume terrestrial broadcasts. (RFE/RL, 9/1)

Right of association
On 5/1 the Volgograd-based Youth Center for Consulting and Training said they would appeal the Justice Ministry's listing of the group as a "foreign agent". (RFE/RL, 5/1)

North Caucasus
On 5/1 a court in Makhachkala, Dagestan, ruled that Murad Nurmagomedov, a blogger be placed in detention over an explosives-possession accusation. (RFE/RL, 6/1)

On 6/1 two policemen were killed and two others wounded when unknown assailants opened fire on a police vehicle in the Khasavyurt district of Dagestan. At least one of the attackers was killed. (RFE/RL, 6/1)

On 5/1 supporters of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko took to Twitter using the hashtag #FreeSavchenko to mark the 21st day of her hunger strike in a Moscow remand centre. (RiR, 5/1) 

On 9/1 Nadia Savchenko was placed in solitary confinement at a pretrial detention center in Moscow. (RFE/RL, 9/1) 

On 7/1 reports said Russian authorities were investigating Ekaterina Vologzhaninova, a resident of Ekaterinburg, on suspicion of inciting extremism online after she joined Ukrainian nationalist groups on the Internet. (RFE/RL, 7/1) 
Rights in Russia,
11 Jan 2015, 14:09