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Week-ending 19 February 2016

Ekaterinburg penal colony No. 2

Citizens’ Watch

US NGO reps fined

NGO evicted

‘Political activity’

‘Road rallies’

Boris Nemtsov





On 18/2 the Investigative Committee said in a statement it had launched a criminal investigation into alleged torture at Ekaterinburg's Penal Colony No. 2. (RFE/RL, 18/2)

Right of association
On 15/2, deputy head of the NGO Citizens’ Watch in St Petersburg said the FSB had attempted to summon her for an 'informal discussion.' (, 15/2)

On 17/2 a court in Volgograd fined Sharon Tennison, head of the U.S. NGO Center For Citizen Initiatives, and a fellow activist for violating visa rules. (RFE/RL, 17/2)

On 19/2 the Center for the Adaptation and Training of Refugee Children said it had been evicted from its premises. (The Moscow Times, 19/2)

On 19/2 an amendment to the law on NGOs was introduced to the State Duma defining the notion of ‘political activity.’ (The Moscow Times, 19/2)

Right of assembly
On 16/2 the State Duma adopted in first reading legislation aimed at thwarting protests by truckers, classifying ‘road rallies’ in the same category as political demonstrations. (RFE/RL, 16/2)

On 17/2 Moscow City Hall approved a rally to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Boris Nemtsov on 2/27. (The Moscow Times, 18/2)

Freedom of expression
On 16/2 the performance of Petr Pavlensky, in which he set fire to the main entrance of the FSB HQ, was banned from the Innovation art award. (The Moscow Times, 18/2)

Political commentator Andrei Piontkovsky has left Russia, fearing possible persecution due to a recent article he published that prosecutors say contains ‘signs’ of extremism. (RFE/RL, 19/2)

On 15/2 the prosecutor in Crimea filed a request with that territory's Supreme Court to ban the Crimean Tatars' self-governing body, the Mejlis. (RFE/RL, 15/2)

On 15/2 the Supreme Court in Crimea sent the case against Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and 5 other Crimean Tatars back for ‘further investigation’. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 17/2)

Hennadiy Afanasyev, a Ukrainian who recanted testimony he gave in the trial of Oleh Sentsov, has been transferred to a punishment cell and is being denied medical care despite worsening health. (RFE/RL, 17/2)
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22 Feb 2016, 09:09