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Week-ending 29 April 2016


'Foreign agent' 


Petr Pavlensky

Anton Nosik

Interior Ministry


Mikhail Konev

Boris Nemtsov

Aleksei Navalny


Property records
Right of association
On 26/4 the Supreme Court of Crimea labelled the Crimean Tatar parliament, the Mejlis, a terrorist organization and banned it from operating in Russia. (The Moscow Times, 26/4)

On 27/4 a Kaliningrad court declared the German-Russian House cultural centre a ‘foreign agent,’ for ‘political activities’ while receiving foreign funds. (The Moscow Times, 27/4) 

On 28/4 participants arriving at the award ceremony for young history students organised by Memorial were pelted with chemicals by nationalist activists. (The Guardian, 28/4) 

Freedom of expression
On 26/4 performance artist Petr Pavlensky rejected a proposal by a court to drop vandalism charges against him linked to a 2014 performance in St. Petersburg. (RFE/RL, 26/4)

On 26/4 prominent blogger Anton Nosik was charged with extremism for a post that called for ‘wiping Syria off the face of the Earth.’ (RFE/RL, 26/4)

Right of assembly
On 25/4 the Interior Ministry said it is to spend 5.1 million roubles ($77,000) on a non-lethal psychoacoustic system used to disperse demonstrations. (The Moscow Times, 25/4)

On 26/4 the European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay 35,000 Euros ($40,000) to five jailed protesters, all detained by police whilst picketing between 2006 to 2012. (The Moscow Times, 26/4)

Opposition politicians
On 26/4 Mikhail Konev, head of the Parnas youth wing, was reported kidnapped by three unknown men in Moscow as he was leaving a military commission building. (RFE/RL, 26/4)

On 27/4 Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of Boris Nemtsov, asked the Investigative Committee to resume the investigation into his murder. (The Moscow Times, 27/4)

On 27/4 Aleksei Navalny filed a lawsuit against state-owned media holding VGTRK and two of its employees for portraying him as a CIA agent in a broadcast. (The Moscow Times, 27/4)

On 26/4 the OCCRP said banking records obtained from the Panama Papers show links between cellist Sergei Roldugin and the case of Sergei Magnitsky. (The Moscow Times, 27/4)

Reports say that in recent months entries in the official federal real-estate database have been quietly edited, in some cases obscuring ownership of expensive properties thought to be controlled by members of Russia's political elite. (RFE/RL, 27/4)
Rights in Russia,
1 May 2016, 11:33