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Week-ending 26 February 2016



Dmitry Kamenshchik

Aleksei 
Navalny 

Jury 
trials 

Khaiser Dzhemilev

Prison health care

Refugees


Journalists detained

Ekaterina Vologzheninova

Dozhd TV fined

Petr Pavlensky


Vyacheslav Kislitsin


Last address

Aleksei Navalny
Justice system
On 20/2 the Prosecutor General's Office appealed a court ruling to place the owner of Moscow's Domodedovo Airport Dmitry Kamenshchik under house arrest. (The Moscow Times, 22/2)

On 23/2 the European Court of Human Rights ruled Russia must pay some 56,000 euros ($62,000) in compensation to Aleksei Navalny for violating his right to a fair trial. The Justice Ministry said it will appeal the ruling. (RFE/RL, 24/2)

On 25/2 the Constitutional Court granted women the right to be tried by a jury. Under current law, regional courts only hold jury trials when the accused faces life imprisonment; women cannot be sentenced to life imprisonment. (The Moscow Times, 25/2)

On 25/2 a court in Astrakhan refused a request for early release of Khaiser Dzhemilev, son of Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev, convicted in connection with a shooting. (RFE/RL, 25/2)

On 26/2 the Prosecutor General's Office reported convicts in Russian prisons did not receive sufficient amounts of medication to treat HIV and hepatitis last year. (The Moscow Times, 26/2)

On 26/2 the deportation of three Syrian refugees from Russia was cancelled, thanks to the efforts of several NGOs. (Civic Assistance Committee, 26/2)

Freedom of expression
On 19/2 three journalists, one of whom was Finnish, were detained in Grozny. All their materials were destroyed by Chechen law enforcement officers. (Caucasian Knot, 21/2)

On 20/2 a court in Ekaterinburg found Ekaterina Vologzheninova guilty of ‘inciting enmity’ for reposting or ‘liking’ material critical of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and war in Donbas. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 22/2)

On 24/2 Russian pensioners won a suit for 100,000 rubles ($1,300) against the independent Dozhd TV channel over their poll on the siege of Leningrad. (The Moscow Times, 25/2)

On 26/2 a Moscow court ruled that the pre-trial detention of Petr Pavlensky be extended until 6 April. (The Guardian, 26/2)

Right of assembly
On 26/2 Vyacheslav Kislitsin, organizer of an upcoming march in memory of Boris Nemtsov, was assaulted in Chelyabinsk. (RFE/RL, 26/2)

Activists
On 25/2 it was reported vandals have ripped a plaque commemorating a victim of Soviet repression, part of the ‘Last Address’ campaign, from a building in Barnaul. (RFE/RL, 25/2)

On 25/2 Aleksei Navalny was attacked with cakes in the face as he entered the Moscow offices of his anticorruption foundation. (RFE/RL, 25/2)
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Rights in Russia,
29 Feb 2016, 09:52
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