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Week-ending 10 July 2015



Constitutional 
Court 



‘Patriotic 
stop-list’ 

Dynasty 


VTsIOM 
poll


3 killed 


Nadia 
Savchenko 

MH17
International law
On 6/7 the Constitutional Court posted a ruling on its website stating that lawmaking and law enforcement officials must comply in their work with Russia’s obligatory international commitments. The Supreme Court had refused to review the case of Denis Matveyev whose defense attorneys filed complaints with several international organizations, including the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention at the UN Human Rights Council, which said in its opinion dated 2/5/13 that “the alleged violations of the right to a fair trial were of such gravity as to render Matveyev’s detention arbitrary.” (RAPSI, 6/7)

Right of association
On 8/7 the Federation Council released a list of 12 foreign NGOs whose work they believe poses a threat to national security, and who should thus be declared "undesirable" and prohibited from operating in the country. The so-called "patriotic stop-list" consists of seven American organizations, two Ukrainian diaspora groups, two Polish NGOs and a rights group based in the annexed Crimean Peninsula. (The Moscow Times, 8/7)

On 8/7 the Dynasty Foundation, a leading private donor and benefactor of Russian science and education that was branded a “foreign agent,” announced its closure. (RFE/RL, 8/7)

LGBT rights
On 10/7 state-run pollster VTsIOM said a new poll showed Russian intolerance of gay people and same-sex marriages has grown significantly in the last decade, with 80% of Russians saying they were against same-sex marriages, as opposed to 59 percent in 2005. (The Moscow Times, 10/7)

Dagestan
On 4/7 Russia's National Antiterrorist Committee said that two militants were killed, along with a Russian special operations soldier, during a counterterrorism operation in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan. (RFE/RL, 5/7)

Ukraine
On 7/7 the Investigative Committee announced new charges against captive Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko, accusing her of direct participation in the killing of two Russian reporters who died last year while covering the conflict in Ukraine , along with existing charges of attempted murder and illegally entering Russian territory. (RFE/RL, 7/7)

On 10/7 Russia said it would oppose a draft United Nations resolution establishing an international tribunal to prosecute those who shot down Malaysian Flight MH17 over Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 10/7)
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13 Jul 2015, 04:58
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