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Week-ending 27 May 2016

Evgeniya Albats

Petr Pavlensky


Lev Shlosberg

Anastasia Zotova

Dmitry Nekrasov

Foreign agent law


Political repression


Nadiya Savchenko

Eervin Ibragimov

Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klykh
Freedom of expression
On 24/5 editor in chief of Ekho Moskvy Aleksei Venediktov said prominent journalist Evgeniya Albats had been pulled off the air due to censorship by the station's management. (RFE/RL, 25/5) 

On 25/5 detained Petr Pavlensky was awarded the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent. (RFE/RL, 26/5)

On 27/5 Russia was among a group of countries that blocked giving United Nations accreditation to the media freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists. (RFE/RL, 27/5)

On 23/5 it was announced Lev Shlosberg has won the inaugural Boris Nemtsov Foundation prize for 'defending the values of freedom and democracy in Russia.' (The Moscow Times, 23/5)

On 25/5 the apartment of Anastasia Zotova, wife of opposition activist Ildar Dadin, was burgled and trashed. She described the incident as ‘very much like a set-up.’ (The Moscow Times, 25/5).

On 26/5 opposition activist Dmitry Nekrasov fled Russia for Latvia after hearing he was to be arrested on charges of financing extremism and terrorism. (The Moscow Times, 27/5)

Right of association
On 25/5 the Russian parliament adopted amendments to the 'foreign agent' law without promised improvements to relieve pressure on independent groups. (Human Rights Watch, 27/5)

On 26/5 Golos said NTV journalists are surreptitiously obtaining information about its employees’ movements from law enforcement or intelligence agencies. (RFE/RL, 26/5)

On 23/5 a monument to victims of political repression was unveiled in Saransk with a special dedication to a local NKVD officer himself involved in the killings. (RFE/RL, 23/5)

On 21/5 reports said a law firm in Australia had filed a compensation claim against Russia and President Putin on behalf of victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. (RFE/RL, 22/5)

On 25/5 Nadiya Savchenko, detained in Russia since 2014, was released in a prisoner swap with Ukraine. (The Guardian, 25/5)

On 25/5 Ervin Ibragimov, a Crimean delegate to the World Congress of Crimean Tatars, was suspected abducted from near his home in Bakhchysarai. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 26/5)

On 26/5 a court in Grozny, Chechnya, sentenced Ukrainians Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh, to 22.5 years and 20 years in prison respectively for allegedly killing Russian soldiers during the First Chechen War. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 27/5)
Rights in Russia,
30 May 2016, 09:50