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Week-ending 5 June 2015



'Suspicious' illness



CAT  



'Foreign agents'


Paroled 
after death

Eston Kohver 


Flag case


Political prisoners 

Ksenia 
Sobchak 


Gay 
Pride 

Nikolai Alekseev
Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr
On 4/6 the father of Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr., in a coma for almost a week and diagnosed with acute kidney failure after collapsing in Moscow on 26/5, said he believes the sudden, severe illness of his son is suspicious. (BBC, 4/6)

Chechnya
On 3/6 a mob attacked the Grozny office of the Committee Against Torture (KPP), forcing employees of the prominent Russian human rights group to escape from the windows of the second-floor office. The KPP posted videos and photos of the attack in the Chechen capital on social media. (RFE/RL, 3/6)

Right of association
On 1/6 the Presidential Human Rights Council issued a statement condemning the designation of the Dynasty Foundation and the Liberal Mission Foundation as ‘foreign agents’. (HRO.org, 1/6)

Justice system
On 2/6 the Baikal Human Rights Centre said Vladimir Klimov, sentenced to 15 years in jail and diagnosed with cancer of the kidney, had been granted medical parole a month after his death. On appeal a court reversed the decision of a lower court that had refused to release the dying cancer patient on 16/3. (RAPSI, 2/6)

On 2/6 a court extended until 4/8 the pretrial custody of Estonian security officer Eston Kohver, who faces more than 20 years if convicted of espionage. Estonia claims Eston Kohver was abducted on Estonian soil. (RFE/RL, 2/6)

On 2/6 a lawyer for one of three Russian nationals charged with hooliganism over alleged involvement in raising a German flag over an FSB building in Kaliningrad said the defendants face prison sentences ranging from 20 to 24 months. (RAPSI, 2/6)

On 4/6 Memorial Human Rights Centre published a new list of political prisoners with 50 names. (The Moscow Times, 5/6)

State investigators are on the case, checking whether journalist, and government critic Ksenia Sobchak violated the law against ‘offending believers’ feelings’ when she dressed up like a priest in a photograph posted on Instagram in April. (RFE/RL, 2/6)

LGBT rights
On 30/5 police broke up an unsanctioned gay rights rally in central Moscow, detaining around 20 people, including anti-gay campaigners who attacked the activists. City authorities blocked the request to hold a Gay Pride for the tenth year in a row. (Reuters via Huffington Post, 30/5)

On 1/6 Nikolai Alekseev, the main organizer of Saturday's gay pride parade in Moscow, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for "disobeying police orders" by a court. (The Moscow Times, 1/6)
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7 Jun 2015, 13:13
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