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Right of association
On 23/9 Sakhalin Environment Watch said it would return more than $150,000 in donations from actor Leonard DiCaprio's foundation after being labeled a ‘foreign agent’. (RFE/RL, 23/9)

Right of assembly
On 20/9 thousands of Russian opposition activists and their supporters rallied at a protest in Moscow in the wake of regional elections that saw the ruling party trouncing opposition candidates in voting criticized as rigged. (RFE/RL, 20/9)

On 27/9 police detained 10 anti-war protesters in Moscow and two in St. Petersburg. (REF/RL, 27/9)

Freedom of expression
On 21/9 Roskomnadzor added five online lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups to a list of entities whose information people are banned from accessing. (RFE/RL, 21/9)

On 24/9 Pskov regional legislature voted to expel deputy Lev Shlosberg who criticized the Kremlin and published an investigation into the deaths of Russian paratroopers reportedly killed in eastern Ukraine. (The Moscow Times, 24/9)

On 26/9 CTC Media announced it would sell a majority stake in the operator of its free-to-air TV channels to Alisher Usmanov and Ivan Tavrin as a result of the law restricting foreign participation in Russian media. (The Moscow Times, 25/9)

North Caucasus
On 23/9 Ali Ibragimov, a resident of Chechnya seeking asylum in Slovakia, was extradited to Russia. (Caucasian Knot, 23/9)

Alleged espionage
On 21/9 a Moscow court convicted former intelligence radio engineer Gennady Kravtsov of treason and sentenced him to 14 years in prison. (The Guardian, 21/9)

On 26/9 Estonian security official Eston Kohver was swapped for Aleksei Dressen. (BBC, 26/9)

On 22/9 Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko denied charges against her at the opening of her trial in Russia. (RFE/RL, 22/9)

On 25/9 the UN humanitarian affairs chief and emergency relief coordinator, Stephen O'Brien, said the "de facto" authorities in Luhansk had ordered UN agencies and several international humanitarian aid groups to leave by 6/9. (RFE/RL, 25/9)

The winner of a competition for a Moscow memorial to victims of political repression is the “Wall of Sorrow” by the sculptor Georgy Frangulyan. (, 23/9)
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28 Sep 2015, 04:24