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Week-ending 29 July 2016



Privacy on social networks 






Crime rate 

Freedom of expression 
On 23/7 FSB officers searched the Moscow apartments of Andrei Piontkovsky and of his daughter. Piontkovsky is a Kremlin critic who left Russia earlier this year for fear of persecution over an article he wrote. (RFE/RL, 23/7) 

On 25/7, the UN Economic and Social Council overturned a move by Russia and other countries to block accreditation for the Committee to Protect Journalists. (RFE/RL, 26/7) 

On 28/7 the Interior Ministry announced a search to buy software that will allow them to spy on social network users, reading private messages, collecting geolocation data and analyzing connections between different users. (The Moscow Times, 28/7) 

Right of assembly 
On 26/7 protests against repressive new anti-terror legislation took place in major cities across Russia. The largest protest took place in Novosibirsk. Protests were banned in St. Petersburg and Moscow. (The Moscow Times, 27/7) 

Domestic violence 
On 27/7 reports said Elena Mizulina, a member of the Federation Council responsible for the "gay propaganda" law, proposed legislation to decriminalize domestic violence. (RFE/RL, 27/7) 

Crime & Punishment 
On 25/7 Interfax reported more than 240 prisoners had rioted in a prison colony in the Siberian Republic of Khakassia. Prison officials regained control of the colony on Monday. (The Moscow Times, 25/7) 

On 26/7 the five men suspected of killing opposition politician Boris Nemtsov were granted their request for a jury trial. A spokesperson for Moscow District Military Court said that the court would begin selecting 12 jurors after 24/8. All five suspects requested a jury trial. The trial's preliminary hearings took place on 25/7 behind closed doors, with all suspects pleading not guilty of Nemtsov's murder. (The Moscow Times, 26/7) 

On 26/7, investigators said they had searched the office and home of Andrei Belyaninov, head of the Federal Customs Agency, and the home of his former adviser, businessman Sergei Lobanov, in connection with a smuggling case. (RFE/RL, 26/7) 

On 29/7 the Prosecutor’s Office said crime in Russia increased 3% in the first half of 2016. (The Moscow Times, 29/7) 

On 24/7 a spokesman for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said 6 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and 13 injured in the previous 24 hours in fighting against Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. (RFE/RL, 24/7)
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8 Sep 2016, 08:21