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Week-ending 18 September 2015






Pro-Kyiv graffiti

Dancers jailed




Right of association
On 15/9 a Perm court upheld on appeal a ruling to fine Perm-36, an NGO that previously managed the Perm-36 Gulag museum, for failing to register as a "foreign agent". (RFE/RL, 16/9)

On 18/9 a Moscow court placed human rights activist Andrei Mayakov, deputy head of the NGO Committee for Civil Rights, in pretrial detention on suspicion of fraud. (RFE/RL, 18/9)

On 13/9 independent election monitor Golos registered more than 1,700 suspected violations, including more than 800 on election day, in local and regional elections in which 59 million people were eligible to take part. (RFE/RL, 13/9)

Freedom of expression
On 15/9 a court in Tatarstan sentenced Rafis Kashapov, chair of the Tatar Public Center, to three years in jail on charges of separatism and inciting hatred on the basis of his criticism of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and involvement in eastern Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 15/9)

On 16/9 Kommersant published an interview with Yelena Vesyolova, wife of one of three charged over the 2010 attack on Oleg Kashin, in which she accused Andrei Turchak, governor of Pskov region, of ordering the assault. (RFE/RL, 17/9)

On 17/9 a Russian court sentenced Kirill Korzhavin and Vladislav Shipovalov to two years in prison for painting Soviet statues of Lenin in Novosisbirsk in the colors of the Ukrainian flag and daubing them with pro-Kyiv graffiti. (RFE/RL, 17/9)

On 18/9 a court in Pochep, Bryansk region, jailed a 21-year-old woman for 10 days and fined parents of three minors for dancing near a war memorial. (RFE/RL, 18/9)

Right of assembly - Bolotnaya Square protest
On 15/9 opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, sentenced to four and a half years in jail for allegedly organizing riots in central Moscow in 2012, filed a second complaint with the European Court of Human Rights week. (RAPSI, 15/9)

On 17/9 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia violated the human rights of three protesters who were arrested and sentenced in the aftermath of the 2012 Bolotnaya Square protest. (The Moscow Times, 18/9)

On 15/9 a court in Rostov extended the pre-trial detention of Nadia Savchenko for another six months. (RFE/RL, 15/9)

In Memoriam
On 14/9 prominent pro-democracy politician and historian Yury Afanasyev died in Moscow aged 81. (RFE/RL, 14/9)
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21 Sep 2015, 09:17