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Week-ending 18 March 2016

Attack on HRDs, journalists


Protesters detained

Tula region

Foreign agent 




Andrei Darklait

Attacks on human rights defenders 
On 14/3 victims of the attack on journalists and rights defenders on 9/3 in Ingushetia called for the attackers' actions to be qualified as an act of terrorism. Initially the police classified the attack as ‘hooliganism’. (Caucasian Knot, 14/3)

On 16/3 leading rights activist Igor Kalyapin, in Grozny to witness the proceedings against two Ukrainian men facing charges for allegedly fighting against Russian forces during the first Chechen war in 1996, was attacked by masked men in Grozny. (RFE/RL, 16/3)

Right of assembly
On 13/3 15 artists and activists were charged with offences under the law on public events after holding anti-war protest in Moscow. (RFE/RL, 16/3)

On 17/3 a video showed riot police beating and arresting local residents protesting against a loss of gas supply in the village of Plekhanovo in Tula region. (The Interpreter, 17/3)

Right of association
On 18/3 a court ruled that Public Verdict Foundation, a human rights organization, must pay a 400,000 rouble fine for violating the country's controversial "foreign agent" law despite meeting all government's demands. (Business Standard, 18/3)

Freedom of expression
On 18/3, in what RFE/RL described as ‘intimidation’ by Russian authorities, the outlet’s Moscow bureau administrator was approached at home by unknown men identifying themselves as NTV journalists seeking personal information. (RFE/RL, 18/3)

On 18/3 a group of independent regional media companies issued an appeal to the Press Council of Russia asking it to condemn a recent attack story broadcast on the national NTV television channel accusing them of being "indebted" to the U.S. State Department. (RFE/RL, 19/3)

On 13/3 Mikhail Kasyanov said the FSB had found no violations in a video posted online by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, featuring himself and another Russian opposition leader in the crosshairs of a sniper rifle. (The Moscow Times, 14/3)

On 18/3 OVD-Info reported that police detained activist Andrei Darklait at an improvised memorial near the Kremlin where Boris Nemtsov was gunned down last year. (RFE/RL, 18/3)

Gender discrimination
On 15/3 UN experts concluded that Svetlana Medvedeva suffered gender-based discrimination when she was denied employment at the helm of a boat. (Jurist, 15/3)
Rights in Russia,
20 Mar 2016, 13:46