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Week-ending 23 December 2016

Hizb ut-Tahrir

School student 



Activists detained




11 reported killed


Two killed


Right of association
On 22/12 the Supreme Court upheld the sentence of Abdunabi Zoidov convicted of participating in activities of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organization banned in Russia. (RAPSI, 22/12)

Freedom of expression
On 19/12 Perm website Periscope said federal police had arrested a 16-year-old school student in connection with online comments about the Orthodox Church. (The Moscow Times, 19/12)

On 20/12 blogger Aleksei Kungurov was convicted and imprisoned for 2.5 years for a post criticizing the government’s military operation in Syria. (RFE/RL, 20/12)

On 23/12 Andrei Bubeev, a blogger serving a 2.5 year sentence for social network reposts, was to be moved to a prison with harsher conditions. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 23/12)

Right of assembly
On 20/12 Moscow police detained seven activists on their way to stage an event at FSB headquarters. (RFE/RL, 21/12)

LGBT rights
On 22/12 reports said Krasnoyarsk teacher Maria Shestopalova had been forced to resign after an anti-LGBT activist launched a campaign against her. (The Moscow Times, 22/12)

Federal Penitentiary Service
On 20/12 the Federal Penitentiary Service said it could sue Ildar Dadin after he accused prison guards of torture. (The Moscow Times, 20/12)

North Caucasus
On 18/12 reports said relatives of Rustam Aptaev, a Grozny resident detained on 13/12 in Ingushetia for attempted murder, said he was being subjected to torture. (Caucasian Knot, 18/12)

On 18/12, Ramzan Kadyrov said security forces had killed 11 suspected militants in clashes near Grozny. (RFE/RL, 18/12)

On 20/12 reports said relatives and friends of people killed in a counterterrorist operation in Grozny on 17-18/12 were still in police custody. (Caucasian Knot, 20/12)

On 20/12 in Dagestan’s Karabudakhkent district, law enforcers shot and killed two police officers, who allegedly opened fire during a document check. (Caucasian Knot, 21/12)

On 19/12 the UN General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing Crimea as ‘temporarily occupied’ by Russia and condemning ‘abuses’ and ‘discrimination’. (RFE/RL, 20/12)

On 21/12 Crimean Muslim Useir Abdullaev facing ‘terrorism’ charges said he was tortured. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 23/12)
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26 Dec 2016, 01:42