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Week-ending 12 June 2015


Konstantin Goldentsvaig 





Konstantin Yankauskas 

Ilya Ponomarev 

Eston Kohver 

Nadia Savchenko 

Khaiser Dzhemilev
Freedom of expression
On 10/6 Novaya Gazeta newspaper appealed to President Vladimir Putin for an investigation into apparent threats against Elena Milashina, one of its journalists, by government-backed forces in Chechnya. (The Moscow Times, 10/6)

On 10/6 Konstantin Goldentsvaig, an NTV correspondent, said he was dropped by the network after he was critical of President Putin in a June 8 interview with a German TV station during the G7 summit. (RFE/RL, 10/6)

On 11/6 Elizaveta Savolainen, an artist working for the Russian State Humanities University, said she was forced to resign after a protest against a talk by a representative from the pro-Kremlin Anti-Maidan movement. (The Moscow Times, 12/6)

Right of association
On 7/6 about 1,500 people took part in a Moscow rally against low science funding and pressure on the Dynasty Foundation now on the list of "foreign agents". (The Moscow Times, 7/6)

Right of assembly
On 12/6, Russia’s national day, Pussy Riot activist Nadya Tolokonnikova and fellow activist Katya Nenasheva were arrested in Moscow after staging a brief street performance to support women prisoners. (BBC, 12/6)

Elections, elected representatives
On 7/6 opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, not allowed to leave Moscow since 2012 because of corruption trials, visited Novosibirsk to urge voters to participate in primaries for opposition candidates for regional elections. (RFE/RL, 7/6)

On 11/6 Konstantin Yankauskas, a Moscow municipal legislator under house arrest on charges of large-scale fraud relating to the funding of Aleksei Navalny’s mayoral election campaign, was released on his own recognizance. (RAPSI, 11/6)

On 9/6 the Investigative Committee launched a criminal inquiry against Ilya Ponomarev, the sole State Duma member to vote against the 2014 Crimea annexation. (RFE/RL, 9/6)

Foreign nationals
On 8/6 a Pskov regional court returned a criminal case against Estonian security officer, Eston Kohver, accused of espionage, to prosecutors. (RAPSI, 8/6)

On 10/6 Moscow City Court court extended the pretrial detention of Nadia Savchenko until 10/9. (RFE/RL, 10/6)

On 10/6 a court sentenced Khaiser Dzhemilev, son of leading Crimean Tatar Mustafa Dzhemilev, to five years in prison for the equivalent of manslaughter. (RFE/RL, 10/6)
Rights in Russia,
15 Jun 2015, 04:41