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Week-ending 26 February 2016

Dmitry Kamenshchik



Khaiser Dzhemilev

Prison health care


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)

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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29 Feb 2016, 09:52