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Week-ending 4 March 2016



23-year term sought

Dry hunger 
strike


State media ignore dramatic reports

Viktor 
Krasnov


Sergei 
Mitrokhin

Andrei Makarevich


Central Election Commission


Memorial 
march

‘Foreign forces’ behind murder


New 
assessment 


‘Spiritual-moral questionnaires’
Nadia Savchenko
On 2/3 at the trial of Nadia Savchenko prosecutors called for a 23-year prison term for the Ukrainian pilot. (RFE/RL, 2/3)

On 3/3 Nadia Savchenko, in protest over a sudden refusal to let her give her final statement, announced that from Friday she would refuse even water. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 4/3)

Freedom of expression
An incident of 29/2, in which a nanny from Uzbekistan pulled the severed head of a 4-year-old girl from a bag outside a busy Moscow metro station and cried 'Allahu Akhbar,' went unreported by Russia's main TV channels. (RFE/RL, 29/2, 1/3)

On 2/3 Viktor Krasnov appeared in court facing charges of insulting the feelings of religious believers over posting ‘there is no God’ in an online exchange. (The Guardian, 3/3)

Right of assembly
On 1/3 a Moscow court fined Sergei Mitrokhin, one of the leaders of the Yabloko opposition political party, 10,000 roubles ($135) for trying to stage a one-man picket demanding the resignation of Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov. (Meduza, 1/3)

On 4/3 Andrei Makarevich said St Petersburg officials had cancelled a concert he was to give on 7/4 in the city. (RFE/RL, 4/3)

Elections
On 3/3 President Putin named his human rights commissioner, Ella Pamfilova, among five presidential nominees to the 15-member Central Election Commission and left the body’s current chairman, Vladimir Churov, off his list. (RFE/RL, 3/3)

Nemtsov murder
On 27/2 more than an estimated 24,000 people took part in a Moscow march and rally in memory of Boris Nemtsov. Actions were also held in St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Krasnodar, and Sochi. (Caucasian Knot, 28/2)

On 1/3 spokesman for the Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said those who ordered the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov could have been influenced by foreign forces. (The Moscow Times, 1/3)

Disability rights 
As a result of a new disability assessment system, the official number of people with disabilities in Russia has fallen by almost half a million in the last two years. (The Moscow Times, 3/3)

Chechnya
Chechen authorities are urging people to fill out ‘spiritual-moral questionnaires’ in schools and mosques giving their religion, teyp, and vird. (RFE/RL, 3/3)
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Rights in Russia,
10 Mar 2016, 06:00
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