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Week-ending 17 July 2015



Constitutional Court 


Journalist attacked 

Conviction 
for poem 


Soldiers to be prosecuted 

Barracks disaster 

Conscript death


Boiris Nemtsov

Ilya 
Goryachev 


MH17 

Ilya Ponomarev


Nadia Savchenko
European Court of Human Rights
On 14/7 Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled that Russia can avoid implementing European court judgments if they conflict with the Russian constitution. (BBC, 14/7)

Freedom of expression
On 12/7 Evgeny Khamaganov, chief editor of the opposition website Asia-Russia Today, was severely beaten by unknown attackers in Ulan-Ude, capital of Buryatia. (RFE/RL, 14/70

On 14/7 a court in Orel region convicted Aleksandr Byvshev of ‘inciting enmity’, sentenced him to 6 months community service and prohibited him from working as a teacher for 2 years, for writing a poem. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 14/7)

Military
On 11/7 Gazeta.ru reported several dozen Russian contract soldiers could face up to 10 year prison sentences for having left a military unit in the Rostov oblast, fearing that they would be sent to fight in Ukraine. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 11/7)

On 13/7 23 soldiers were killed after their military barracks collapsed in the Siberian city of Omsk. (RFE/RL, 13/7)

On 16/7 it was reported that Denis Ovodov, a 19-year-old Russian army conscript serving in Chelyabinsk region, died on 11/7, nine days after he was beaten by his immediate superior. (The Moscow Times, 16/7)

Politically-motivated killings
On 14/7 Moscow officials rejected a proposal to put up a memorial for opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on the bridge where he was shot dead. (RFE/RL, 15/7)

On 14/7 a jury found Russian ultranationalist leader Ilya Goryachev guilty of organizing high-profile killings, including those of judge Eduard Chuvashov, human-rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, and journalist Anastasia Baburova. (RFE/RL, 14/7)

Ukraine
On 16/7 President Putin said setting up a UN tribunal to prosecute suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine would be “premature" and "counterproductive.” (RFE/RL, 16/7)

On 17/7 a Russian court has put Ilya Ponomarev, the lone State Duma representative to vote against the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, on the country's international wanted list and issued an arrest warrant for him. (RFE/RL, 17/7)

On 13/7 an indictment against jailed Ukrainian pilot and parliament member Nadia Savchenko was sent to a court in the Rostov region. (RFE/RL, 13/7)
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Rights in Russia,
20 Jul 2015, 05:39
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