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Week-ending 20 May 2016



Ramazan Dzhalaldinov

Listok


Petr 
Pavlensky

RBC



Valentina Cherevatenko


Roman 
Roslovtsev

1944



Agora 
report


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)

Ukraine
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)
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Rights in Russia,
20 May 2016, 08:38
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