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Week-ending 11 March 2016

HRDs, journalists 

Office attacked

Two killed


Protestors detained

Access to doctors 




Mikhail Lesin

‘Image of hope’


Prison deaths
North Caucasus
On 9/3 in Ingushetia unknown assailants assaulted a group of journalists and staff from the Joint Mobile Group human rights organization travelling to neighbouring Chechnya. (BBC , 9/3)

On 9/3 late at night armed men raided the office of the Joint Mobile Group in Karabulak, Ingushetia. (i24news, 10/3)

On 11/3 police said two gunmen were killed during a special operation in Dagestan. (RFE/RL, 11/3)

Nadia Savchenko
On 8/3 57 MEPs signed a letter urging the EU to impose personal sanctions against President Putin and 28 other individuals over the ‘illegal’ treatment of Nadia Savchenko. (RFE/RL, 8/3)

On 7/3 police detained 5 people protesting against Savchenko's trial near the FSB HQ in Moscow. On 8/3 a further 35 protestors were detained in Moscow. (The Moscow Times, 8/3)

On 10/3 the authorities said they refused to allow Ukrainian doctors to examine Savchenko because of her ‘defiant’ and ‘insulting’ behaviour in court.’ (Human Rights in Ukraine, 10/3)

Right of association
On 10/3 the prosecutor general declared the National Democratic Institute ‘undesirable’ in Russia. (The New York Times, 11/3)

On 11/3 the Investigative Committee opened an investigation after an illegal surveillance device was found at the home of activist Natalia Pelevina, a member of the PARNAS opposition party. (The Moscow Times, 11/3)

President Putin
On 9/3 President Putin signed a law classifying motorcades and tent cities as forms of protest that must be registered and have authorities’ prior approval. (RFE/RL, 9/3)

On 11/3 US coroners said ex-aide to President Putin Mikhail Lesin, found dead in a Washington hotel four months ago, died of head injuries. (BBC, 11/3)

On 5/3 Russian Communists paid homage to Josef Stalin to mark the anniversary of his death. In an online statement KPRF praised Stalin as an “image of hope”. (The Moscow Times, 7/3)

On 12/3 a report said the Russian authorities were closing down the Moscow mission of the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. (RFE/RL, 13/3)

A Council of Europe report said Russia has the highest number of prisoner mortalities in the CoE. (The Moscow Times, 8/3)
Rights in Russia,
14 Mar 2016, 01:22