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Week-ending 23 January 2015

'Foreign agent' 





19 January






Right of association
On 20/1 Igor Kalyapin, head of the Committee Against Torture, said his organization would contest the "foreign agent" designation imposed by the government. (RFE/RL, 20/1)

On 22/1 the Constitutional Court began hearings of an application filed by a group of human rights organizations on the standards of prosecutors’ inspections of NGOs. (RAPSI, 22/1)

Freedom of expression
On 21/1 Roskomnadzor issued official warnings to three websites (,, for reposting of caricatures by Charlie Hebdo magazine. (RFE/RL, 21/1)

On 22/1 a court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Sergei Reznik, an imprisoned local blogger, to an additional three years in a penal colony, and a subsequent two-year ban on working as a journalist. (International Federation of Journalists, 23/1)

A St Petersburg concert by singer Mikhail Novitsky scheduled for 23/1 was canceled after he performed a song he wrote that is critical of President Putin. (RFE/RL, 23/1)

Human rights defenders, civil society activists
On 19/1 a march took place in Moscow in memory of the human rights lawyer, Stanislav Markelov, and the journalist Anastasia Baburova, shhot dead six years ago that day. (, 20/1) 

On 19/1 Rafis Kashapov, a Tatar activist facing trial on hate-crimes charges supporters say are politically motivated, began a hunger strike in pretrial detention in Kazan. (RFE/RL, 19/1)

On 19/1 supporters of imprisoned environmentalist Evgeny Vitishko said officials at Tambov Penal Colony No 2 were holding back letters he has written. (, 21/1)

On 20/1 two Russian artists were jailed for 10 days after throwing holy water at the Lenin Mausoleum on Red Square on 19/1 and shouting, “Rise up and leave!” (The Guardian, 20/1)

On 20/1 the Investigative Committee launched investigations against Mark Galperin, accusing him of "multiple violation of the law on public gatherings." Earlier a similar probe had been launched against Vladimir Ionov. (RFE/RL, 21/1)

On 23/1 Elena Klimova, founder of an online support group for LGBT teenagers, was fined 50,000 rubles ($780) for violating the law against ‘propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors’. (The Moscow Times, 25/1)

On 21/1 the UN AIDS envoy said nearly 100 recovering drug addicts have died in the Crimea since spring because of Russia's abolition of a methadone program. (The Moscow Times, 21/1)
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26 Jan 2015, 07:16