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November 2016

Ildar Dadin 
On 1/11 Meduza published a letter by jailed activist Ildar Dadin alleging torture at Prison Colony No. 7 in Karelia. On 2/11 the Federal Prison Service (FSIN) said doctors found no traces of trauma or assault on Dadin. On 3/11, Council of Europe Secretary-General Jagland told Justice Minister Konovalov of his concern about Dadin. On 9/11 Igor Kalyapin said Dadin refused to be transferred to a different facility. On 18/11 Dadin’s wife Anastasia Zotova said prison authorities had provoked a brawl between her husband and a cellmate. On 28/11 former inmates and convicts' relatives alleged abuse by staff at prison colony No. 7. On 28/11 FSIN officials said they found no evidence Dadin had been tortured.

Right of association 
From 2/11 Amnesty International staff were barred from their offices by Moscow authorities until 18/11. On 8/11 the FSB said it had detained a number of alleged members of banned Islamic organization Hizb ut-Tahrir in St. Petersburg. On 21/11 a St Petersburg court sentenced Isa Ragimov to 12 years for Hizb ut-Tahrir membership. On 18/11 a Moscow court upheld designation of the Levada Centre as a ‘foreign agent’.

Freedom of expression 
On 2/11 the trial of Natalya Sharina, director of Moscow's Ukrainian Literature Library, began on charges of extremism and embezzlement. On 2/11 Novaya gazeta reported the FSB in Ulyanovsk had launched a criminal investigation against Danil Alferev for a 2014 parody of a pro-Kremlin politician. On 3/11 the Supreme Court issued a clarification on the topic of Internet extremism. On 17/11 Roskomnadzor officially ordered Internet providers to block LinkedIn (on 10/11 a Moscow court had upheld on appeal a ruling by Roskomnadzor to block LinkedIn). On 14/11 a criminal case for ‘offending religious believers’ was launched against two activists opposing construction of a church in a Moscow park. On 28/11 a Tambov region court transferred Igor Stenin, serving two years for reposting an article about the war in Ukraine, to a stricter-regime prison. On 29/11 the Children's Rights Ombudsman condemned the jailing for 6 months of a kindergarten teacher who shared a video of a child being abused.

Right of assembly 
On 9/11 three supporters of convicted activist Dadin were detained by police in Moscow as they protested outside the offices of the prosecutor general. On 11/11 Moscow city hall banned a protest against war in Syria on 20/11. On 21/11 Moscow authorities detained Nadir Fatov at the improvised Moscow memorial to Boris Nemtsov.

Other court cases
On 9/11 an unnamed leader of a Scientologist community in Astrakhan was fined for ‘illegal missionary activity’. On 15/11 a court in Volgograd extended pre-trial detention of rights defender Igor Nagavkin until 16/1/17. On 16/11 the Supreme Court scrapped a criminal conviction and sent the case of Aleksei Navalny for retrial. 

North Caucasus 
On 4/11 the authorities said four suspected militants were killed near Khasavyurt, Dagestan. On 7/11 reports said Chechen resident Ramazan Dzhalaldinov who complained publicly about Chechen ruler Ramzan Kadyrov has disappeared. On 24/11 two special forces officers and two suspected militants were killed in in Nazran, Ingushetia.

On 14/11 the International Criminal Court, said the conflict in Ukraine should be considered an international armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. On 15/11 the UN human rights committee condemned rights abuses in Crimea. On 16/11 President Putin signed a decree stating Russia would not accede to the International Criminal Court. On 21/11 Ukrainian Stanislav Klykh, sentenced to 20 years in prison, was given an additional sentence of one month for ‘contempt of court’, for ‘insulting a prosecutor’. On 28/11 a Moscow court prolonged the pretrial detention of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, held in Russia on suspicion of espionage, until 30/1/17.