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Week-ending 17 June 2016



Jehovah’s Witnesses


Saida 
Vagabova

Aleksei Sapov


Foreign agent law


LGBT couple 
detained

Protestors against Chaika detained


Hennadiy 
Afanasyev


LGBT nightclub  

Vkontakte 
employee 

Parnas activist 

NGO UN rep threatened

10 killed 
in Dagestan


Golos alleges violations
Freedom of conscience
On 16/6 the Supreme Court ruled a Belgorod region Jehovah’s Witnesses group must close for ‘extremism’. (RAPSI, 16/6)

Freedom of expression
On 11/6 law enforcement agents detained Saida Vagabova, a journalist with the weekly Chernovik, as she covered a rally about missing persons. (Caucasian Knot, 11/6).

On 14/6 Aleksei Sapov, chief editor of the Crimea newspaper Argumenty Nedeli – Krym, was arrested and held in detention. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 16/6)

Right of association
On 13/6 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Russia to amend the ‘foreign agent’ law. (The Moscow Times, 13/6)

Right of assembly
On 13/6 a gay couple Feliks Glyukman and Islam Abdullabekov were detained by police after attempting to pay tribute to the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. (RFE/RL, 15/6)

On 15/6 several protestors were temporarily detained outside the Council of the Federation as Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika was sworn in for another five-year term. (RFE/RL, 15/6)

Torture
On 14/6 Ukrainians Hennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Soloshenko arrived in Kyiv after release from prison in Russia. Afanasyev alleged he had been tortured. (RFE/RL, 14/6)

Violence
On 12/6 football fans attacked an LGBT nightclub in Ekaterinburg. (The Moscow Times, 16/6)

On 12/6 an employee for Russian social network website VKontakte was attacked in St. Petersburg following posts he made criticizing the government. (The Moscow Times, 13/6)

On 14//6 three men attacked Aleksandr Bragin, Parnas opposition party regional leader in Ulyanovsk. (The Moscow Times, 14/6)

On 14/6 president of the UN HRC in Geneva condemned a threatening message allegedly sent by a RF diplomat to NGO representative Florin Irminger. (The New York Times, 14/6)

On 17/6 four security officers and six militants were killed in Dagestan. Law enforcement officials say the casualties are the result of two separate counterterrorist operations. (RFE/RL, 17/6)

Elections
On 15/6 election watchdog Golos accused the ruling United Russia party of numerous violations during their primaries in May. (The Moscow Times, 15/6)
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Rights in Russia,
19 Jun 2016, 03:52
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