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Week-ending 13 May 2016

RBC investigated

RBC editors leave


‘Foreign agent’ 


Bill restricting 

Two detained

D. Vorobevsky

A. Navalny

Z. Gaisanova

R. Dzhalaldinov

Four Crimean Tatars detained
Freedom of expression
On 11/5 reports said the Interior Ministry launched a criminal case into alleged fraud by the RosBusinessConsulting (RBC) media holding. (The Moscow Times, 11/5)

On 13/5 three top editors left the RBC, whose investigative reporting has scrutinized the dealings of the country's business and political elites. (RFE/RL, 13/5)

On 13/5 media regulator, Roskomnadzor, said Krym.Realii ("Crimea.Realities") was unblocked. The website had been blocked in Russia on 12/5. (RFE/RL, 13/5)

Right of association
On 11/5 Vedomosti said the Ministry of Justice in its annual report to the State Duma suggested that criticizing the country’s ‘foreign agent’ law is itself an act of ‘political activity’ that should lead to punishment. (Bellona, 13/5)

On 12/5 the Moscow Helsinki Group marked the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1976. (RFE/RL, 12/5)

Freedom of movement
On 13/5 the State Duma adopted in first reading a package of bills that would enable the authorities to prohibit citizens leaving the country on the basis of an official warning about ‘terrorist’ or ‘extremist’ actions. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 16/5)

Overnight on 8-9/5, authorities detained two activists watching over the improvised memorial to Boris Nemtsov at the place he was gunned down, and removed the memorial. (RFE/RL, 9/5)

On 12/5 opposition activist Dmitry Vorobevsky, forcibly admitted to a psychiatric clinic in Voronezh on 6/5, was freed by decision of a local court. (RFE/RL, 13/5)

On 13/5 opposition activist Alexei Navalny said he had been stopped by police to check for links to the Islamic State on the border of Krasnodar region. (The Moscow Times, 13/5)

North Caucasus
On 12/5 the ECtHR found Russia responsible for the kidnapping of Zarema Gaisanova, and ordered Russia pay the applicant compensation of 60,000 euros. (Caucasian Knot, 13/5)

On the night of 12-13/5 the home in Chechnya of Ramadan Dzhalaldinov, who last month complained about corruption among local officials, was burned to the ground. (RFE/RL, 15/5)

On 12/5 Russia-backed Crimean authorities detained four Crimean Tatars on suspicion of being members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamic group banned in Russia. (RFE/RL, 12/5)
Rights in Russia,
16 May 2016, 08:39