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Week-ending 20 May 2016

Ramazan Dzhalaldinov




Valentina Cherevatenko




Aleksei Navalny

Petr Pavlensky

Six dead

Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh
Freedom of expression
On 14/5 police in Chechnya reportedly surrounded the village of Kenkhi in a search for resident Ramazan Dzhalaldinov who criticized corrupt local officials. (RFE/RL, 16/5)

On 16/5 the offices of Listok, an independent newspaper in Altai region, were raided on suspicion of extremism. Investigators seized eight computers and a safe. (The Moscow Times, 16/5)

On 19/5 a court convicted performance artist Petr Pavlensky on charges of vandalism for a pro-Ukraine protest and sentenced him to 16 months of ‘freedom limitation.’ (RFE/RL, 19/5)

On 19/5 former RBC chief editor Elizaveta Osetinskaya said the reason for her dismissal was because of RBC's coverage of the Panama Papers, which connected a close friend of Vladimir Putin's to offshore companies. (Meduza, 19/5)

Right of association
On 17/5 over 150 Russian and international rights activists called for an end to moves to prosecute rights activist Valentina Cherevatenko under the ‘foreign agent’ law. (Rights in Russia, 18/5)

Right of assembly
On 17/5 Roman Roslovtsev was jailed for 20 days for taking a walk in a mask depicting President Putin. He could now face a prison sentence of up to 5 years if prosecuted under Article 212.1 of the criminal code. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 17/5)

On 18/5 Crimean Tatar bodies were prevented from holding remembrance gatherings to mark the 72nd anniversary of the 1944 deportation. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 18/5)

Right to privacy
On 16/5 Agora rights group reported that at least 6% of Russia's population (8.5m people) have at some point been under state surveillance in the last nine years. (The Moscow Times, 16/5)

Violence against activists
On 17/5 Aleksei Navalny and members of his Anti-Corruption Foundation were physically attacked at Anapa airport in Krasnodar. (The Moscow Times, 17/5)

On 18/5 Petr Pavlensky said police officers escorting him to and from court severely assaulted him. (RFE/RL, 18/5)

North Caucasus
On 14/5 in Dagestan two police officers and four rebels were killed in clashes in Derbent. (RFE/RL, 14/5)

On 19/5 the Supreme Court of Chechnya found Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh guilty of fighting alongside Chechen separatists in the 1990s. (RFE/RL, 19/5)
Rights in Russia,
20 May 2016, 08:38