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Week-ending 5 February 2016



The New Times 

Petr Pavlensky

Hizb ut-Tahrir

Gennady Kravtsov

Song about Chaika


North Korea


Possible ‘deal’?

EU Parliament
Ramzan Kadyrov
On 1/2 Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov published a video on Instagram depicting Russian opposition leaders Mikhail Kasyanov and Vladimir Kara-Murza Jr. overlaid with a sniper rifle scope. (The Moscow Times, 1/2)

On 1/2 rights defenders demanded a government response to the video posted online by Ramzan Kadyrov. On 3/2 Mikhail Kasyanov called for a criminal investigation into the video. (RFE/RL, 1/2; The Moscow Times, 3/2)

Freedom of expression
On 1/2 reports said Roskomnadzor issued a warning to The New Times magazine after it published an investigation into Vladimir Putin's eldest daughter. (The Moscow Times, 1/2)

The Courts
On 2/2 a court ruled performance artist Petr Pavlensky, accused of setting fire to the main entrance of the FSB’s headquarters, remain in custody till March. (The Moscow Times, 2/2)

On 4/2 a military court sentenced five men in the Urals region to terms in prison for being members of the banned Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir. (RFE/RL, 4/2)

On 4/2 the Supreme Court reduced the sentence handed down to Gennady Kravtsov, convicted of treason, from 14 years to 6 years in a maximum security penal colony. (The Moscow Times, 5/2)

On 3/2 Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot released a song devoted to the recent corruption scandal involving Prosecutor General Yury Chaika. (The Moscow Times, 4/2)

LGBTI rights
On 1/ 2 transsexual Anzhela Likina was reportedly stabbed to death in Ufa, capital of Bashkortostan. (RFE/RL, 2/2)

On 3/2 it was reported Russia has signed an agreement with North Korea providing for the deportation of ‘illegal’ immigrants. (The Moscow Times, 4/2)

On 2/2 Nadya Savchenko said she recognized the driver of the car in which she was taken to Russia as Kremlin-connected Pavel Karpov. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 2/2)

On 5/2 Mark Feigin, lead defence lawyer for Savchenko, said Russia and Ukraine have agreed that after she is convicted she will be turned over to Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 6/2)

On 4/2 the European Parliament in Strasbourg overwhelmingly adopted a resolution condemning Russia for its treatment of the Crimean Tatar population in Crimea. (RFE/RL, 4/2)
Rights in Russia,
6 Feb 2016, 11:25