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Week-ending 15 July 2016



Mahmoud Velitov 


Roman Badanin 

OSCE 


Ekho 
Moskvy 


Sergei Krivov 


Women of the Don  


Defamation 
suit 

Igor Shuvalov 


Admir Talibov 


James Malecky 

Jeff Shell
Freedom of expression 
On 12/7 imam of Moscow's Yardyam Mosque Mahmoud Velitov was arrested on charges of inciting terrorism for alleged support for Abdullah Gappaev, alleged member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organization banned in Russia. (The Moscow Times, 12/7) 

On 13/7 Roman Badanin, former editor of the RBC website, said Kremlin pressure over reporting of the Panama Papers and other sensitive issues led to his dismissal. (The Moscow Times, 13/7) 

On 13/7 the OSCE expressed concern over the decision by Russian authorities to publish what they called an updated "list of terrorists and extremists," which includes journalists and activists. (RFE/RL, 13/7) 

On 14/7 Ekho Moskvy’s editor-in-chief, Aleksei Venediktov, said FSB investigators asked for a list of employees in connection with an investigation into an article by Andrei Piontkovsky published on the station's website. (RFE/RL, 14/7) 

Right of assembly 
On 15/7 Sergei Krivov, a jailed participant in the 2012 Bolotnaya Square protest, was released. (The Moscow Times, 16/7) 

Right of association 
On 11/7 Rostov Regional Court dismissed an appeal by the NGO the Women of Don Foundation against its inclusion in the ‘foreign agent’ register. (Caucasian Knot, 12/7) 

Aleksei Navalny 
On 12/7 a Moscow court dismissed Navalny's slander lawsuit against state broadcaster VGTRK and government media boss Dmitry Kiselyov over a report accusing him of being on the payroll of U.S. and UK intelligence. (RFE/RL, 12/7) 

On 14/7 Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation accused first deputy PM Igor Shuvalov of using an undeclared $62-million private business jet. (The Moscow Times, 14/7) 

North Caucasus 
On 11/7 a counterterrorism operation in the Dagestan village of Miskindzha in Dokuzparinsky district ended with the killing of Admir Talibov, an alleged militant, police said. (RFE/RL, 12/7) 

US citizens
On 12/7 a supporter of LGBT rights, American pastor James Malecky, appealed a decision to fine and deport him from Russia for illegal missionary work. (The Moscow Times, 12/7) 

On 13/7 Jeff Shell, chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the U.S. agency that oversees civilian government broadcasting and media operations, was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and denied entry to Russia. (RFE/RL, 13/7)
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Rights in Russia,
16 Jul 2016, 03:30
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