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Week-ending 24 July 2015

12  NGOs warned

Komi Memorial




Novaya gazeta




6 killed

Sentsov, Kolchenko

Right of association
On 21/7 the Justice Ministry issued warnings to 12 NGOs designated ‘foreign agents,’ saying the groups face fines for not indicating on printed or distributed materials that they ‘perform functions as a foreign agent.’ (RFE/RL, 22/7)

On 21/7 the Justice Ministry designated Komi Memorial Human Rights Commission a ‘foreign agent’. (RBK, 21/7)

On 22/7 U.S.-based MacArthur Foundation said it is closing its branch office in Moscow because regulations make it ‘impossible to operate effectively’ in Russia. (RFE/RL, 22/7)

On 22/7 a court fined Perm-36, an NGO that previously managed the only gulag museum in Russia, for failing to register as a ‘foreign agent.’ (RFE/RL, 22/7)

On 24/7 the rights organization Committee Against Torture formally decided to close down, citing its refusal to accept the label of ‘foreign agent’. (The Moscow Times, 26/7)

Freedom of expression
On 20/7 Roskomnadzor issued the newspaper Novaya Gazeta a warning over bad language cited in a literary text. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 21/7)

On 23/7 Russia’s Supreme Court upheld a 7-year jail sentence against journalist Boris Stomakhin, who had been convicted of inciting terrorism. (RAPSI, 23/7)

On 22/7 Roskomnadzor issued an official warning to YouTube about adding the site to an Internet blacklist for copyright violations. (Global Voices Online, 22/7)

Hate crime
On 24/7 a Moscow court sentenced Ilya Goryachev to life in prison for organizing high-profile killings. (RFE/RL, 24/7)

North Caucasus
On 23/7 the authorities said security forces killed six militants in Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria. (RFE/RL, 23/7)

On 21/7 the trial of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov and Oleksandr Kolchenko began in Rostov-on-Don on charges of plotting terrorist acts in Crimea. (BBC, RFE/RL, 21/7)

On 23/7 rights ombudsman Ella Pamfilova issued a statement saying prosecutors and prison officials had failed to disclose the location of Nadezhda Savchenko. (The Moscow Times, 23/7)
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27 Jul 2015, 00:01