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Week-ending 13 March 2015


Torture alleged 






Novaya gazeta 



Three detained
Boris Nemtsov
On 8/3 a Moscow court heard that Zaur Dadayev, an associate of Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov, was one of five men from Russia’s north Caucasus region to be involved in the murder of Boris Nemtsov. (The Guardian, 8/3)

On 11/3 rights defender Andrei Babushkin said Zaur Dadayev was most likely forced to confess under duress, and his two cousins in detention tortured. (The New York Times, 11/3)

On 12/3 Andrei Babushkin was questioned by investigators "as a witness in the case of Boris Nemtsov's murder" after he said there were signs a suspect was tortured. He said Investigative Committee officers told him that because he is witness, he is now barred from visiting suspects in the case. (RFE/RL, 12/3)

Liberty and security of person
On 11/3 Crimean Tatar activist Talyat Yunusov was arrested over a clash on the Black Sea peninsula in February 2014, shortly before Russia seized control. (RFE/RL, 12/3)

On 13/3 Ivan Pavlov, a lawyer acting for Svetlana Davydova who faced treason charges after reporting possible troop movements to the Ukrainian Embassy, said the case against her has been closed. (RFE/RL, 13/3)

On 13/3 journalist Ksenia Sobchak said she’d leave Russia the next day because of warnings she and other political dissidents may have become the targets of planned contract hits similar to the murder of Boris Nemtsov. (The Moscow Times, 16/3)

Freedom of expression
On 10/3 a Novosibirsk court cleared head of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Boris Mezdrich, and director Timofei Kulyabin, in a case in which they were accused of desecrating Christ’s image in a staging of Wagner’s Tannhauser. (RFE/RL, 10/3)

On 12/3 Novaya Gazeta’s editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov Dozhd TV that the newspaper would probably stop its print operations in May. (Newsweek, 13/3)

On 13/3 civil rights activist Airat Dilmukhametov was sentenced in Ufa, Bashkortostan, to three years in prison for the "public justification of terrorism". (RFE/RL, 13/3)

On 13/3 FSB officers in Crimea detained investigative journalist Natalya Kokorina and searched an apartment belonging to the parents of local journalist, Anna Andriyevska. (RFE/RL, 13/3)

Right of assembly
On 8/3 police detained at least three people for participating in an ‘unauthorized rally’in St. Petersburg in support of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko. (The Moscow Times, 9/3)
Rights in Russia,
16 Mar 2015, 02:57