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Week-ending 8 July 2016



Judicial Decisions 


Ekho Moskvy


RBC

Encryption

Websites on elections


Foreign agent law


Oleksandr Shestakovych


Anti-terrorism 
law


Aleksei Pichugin

Dmitry Kamenshchik

Nikita Belykh

Parachutists


9 dead in Dagestan
Freedom of expression
On 4/7 Roskomnadzor officially warned the Judicial Decisions website for reposting court verdicts from government websites for violating data protection law. (The Moscow Times, 5/5)

On 5/7 FSB agents searched the Moscow studios of Ekho Moskvy and summoned the station’s web editor for questioning re an investigation of Andrei Piontkovsky. (RFE/RL, 5/7)

On 7/7 two journalists from state-owned TASS news agency were given top editorial roles at RBC. (The Moscow Times, 7/7)

On 7/7 President Putin gave the FSB 14 days to find encryption keys to monitor online messaging. (The Moscow Times, 7/7)

On 8/7 Roskomnadzor said it had blocked four websites that called for a boycott of the elections. (RFE/RL, 8/7)

Right of association
On 7/7 Arktika, a youth-oriented NGO in Altai region, has been added to the list of foreign agents. (The Moscow Times, 7/7)

Right of assembly
On 2/7 Oleksandr Shestakovych, organizer of a small picket calling for the release of jailed Ukrainians, was detained in Crimea and charged with infringing public assembly rules. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 4/7)

Legislation
On 7/7 President Putin signed into law counter-terrorism legislation that includes measures toughening punishment for extremism and terrorism and increasing the state's surveillance capabilities. (RFE/RL, 7/7)

High profile legal cases
On 4/7 Mikhail Khodorkovsky accused the FSB of blackmailing Aleksei Pichugin to give testimony against him in a murder trial. (The Moscow Times, 5/7)

On 6/7 prosecutors ordered the dropping of charges against Dmitry Kamenshchik, owner of Domodedovo International Airport, related to a terrorist attack five years ago. (RFE/RL, 6/7)

On 6/7 Moscow City Court refused to allow Kirov governor Nikita Belykh, charged with taking bribes, to be released on a 28-million rouble bail. (RAPSI, 6/6)

On 6/7 a Moscow court awarded four parachutists compensation for wrongful prosecution for allegedly vandalizing a Stalin-era skyscraper. (The Moscow Times, 7/7)

North Caucasus
On 8/7 the authorities said 8 members of an armed group and one law enforcement officer were killed, three FSB officers injured in clashes south of Makhachkala, Dagestan. (RFE/RL, 8/7)
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Rights in Russia,
16 Jul 2016, 03:21
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