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Week-ending 8 April 2016



Planet of Hopes

Anti-Corruption Foundation

Olga Li




National Guard

Right to life
On 6/4 the Investigative Committee found that the death of 5-month-old Umarali Nazarov, a Tajik baby separated from his parents by migration authorities, was not caused by St. Petersburg clinic doctors. (The Moscow Times, 7/4)

Right of assembly
On 7/4 Maksim Panfilov was arrested and charged with participation in mass riots and use of violence against a law enforcement officer in connection with the Bolotnaya Square demonstration on 6/5/12. (RAPSI, 8/4)

Right of association
On 4/4 French authorities granted Russian rights defender Nadezhda Kutepova, head of the NGO Planet of Hopes, and her children political asylum in France. (RFE/RL, 5/4)

On 6/4 the Prosecutor General’s Office began an investigation into Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation. (The Moscow Times, 6/4)

Freedom of expression
On 1 /4 investigators in Kursk region launched a hate crime investigation against regional lawmaker Olga Li for her criticism of President Putin. (RFE/RL, 1 /4; 7/4)

Fair trial
On 6/4 Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko, sentenced by a Russian court to 22 years in prison, started a ‘dry’ hunger strike and demanded her immediate return to Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 6/4)

On 8/4 Moscow City Court suspended proceedings to collect more than 16m roubles ($237,000) from Aleksei Navalny and two other defendants, in response to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. (The Moscow Times, 8/4)

On 3/4 a leak of millions of papers from the database of Mossack Fonseca revealed a network of secret offshore deals and loans worth $2bn showing how President Putin’s friends earned millions from deals that seemingly could not have been secured without his patronage. (The Guardian, 3 /4)

Law enforcement agencies
On 5/4 President Putin announced Russia is creating a national guard to fight terrorism and organized crime, to be based on Interior Ministry's troops. (RFE/RL, 5/4)

Social rights
On 6/4 the World Bank in a report said an estimated 3.1 million Russians have slipped below the poverty line as the country's economy struggles with low global oil prices and international sanctions. (RFE/RL, 6/4)
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11 Apr 2016, 04:16