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Week-ending 29 May 2015

Journalist/activist falls ill 

‘Undesirable organizations’ 

Ella Pamfilova





casualties classified

Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr
On 26/5 journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr, who works for the Open Russia movement founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was admitted to hospital in a critical condition. Doctors initially thought he could have been poisoned. (The Guardian, 27/5)

Right of association
On 23/5 President Putin signed a bill into law giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” in Russia and shut them down. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the measure. (The Washington Post, 23/5)

On 25/5 human rights ombudsman Ella Pamfilova criticized the law allowing authorities to ban international NGOs deemed "undesirable." (RFE/RL, 26/5)

On 25/5 two NGOs, the Dynasty Foundation and Liberal Mission, were added to the 'foreign agent' register. Dmitry Zimin, founder and funder of Dynasty Foundation, said on 26/5 he would no longer fund Dynasty Foundation 'in light of its new legal status.' (The Moscow Times, 26/5)

On 26/5 President Putin signed a decree appointing Liudmila Alekseeva, chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group, to the Kremlin's Human Rights Council. Alekseeva said she intended to look into the persecution of non-governmental organizations under the country's "foreign agent" law. (The Moscow Times, 27/5)

On 27/5 the Constitutional Court published a ruling, made in connection with a petition filed by Liliya Shibanova, head of Golos, that Russian courts should take into account the presumption of legality and good faith while considering cases involving NGOs. (RAPSI, 27/5)

On 27/5 the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) expressed deep concern about the fact that staff from the Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY) were fined and expelled from Russia, during a visit to the Committee Against Torture. (IRCT, 27/5)

Military conflict in Ukraine
On 28/5 Vladimir Putin amended a decree to extend the list of state secrets to include information on casualties during special operations when war has not been declared, among other changes. Previously, the list had only forbidden (pdf) “revealing personnel losses in wartime”. (The Guardian, 28/5)

On 25/5 the Supreme Court in Crimea refused to release imprisoned Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz, deputy head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis who has been in detention now for 3 months. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 26/5)
Rights in Russia,
31 May 2015, 10:25