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Week-ending 18 November 2016

'Believers' feelings'



Levada Centre

Ildar Dadin

Igor Nagavkin


Aleksei Navalny


US sanctions




Freedom of expression
On 14/11 a criminal case for ‘offending religious believers’ was launched against two activists opposing construction of a church in a Moscow park. (The Moscow Times, 14/11)

On 17/11 Roskomnadzor officially ordered Internet providers to block the networking website LinkedIn. (RFE/RL, 17/11)

Right of association
On 18/11, Amnesty International called on Russia to suspend its ‘foreign agent’ law. (RFE/RL, 18/11)

On 18/11 Amnesty International said its staff had returned to its Moscow office. (The Moscow Times, 18/11)

On 18/11 a Moscow court upheld the designation of the Levada Center as a ‘foreign agent’ NGO. (The Moscow Times, 18/11)

Prohibition on torture
On 18/11 Anastasia Zotova, wife of jailed Russian activist Ildar Dadin, said penitentiary authorities provoked a brawl between her husband and a cellmate to intimidate him. (RFE/RL, 18/11)

Right to liberty & security / fair trial
On 15/11 a district court in Volgograd extended pre-trial detention of rights defender Igor Nagavkin until 16/1/17. (Caucasian Knot, 15/11)

On 17/11 Human Rights Ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova said Russia's justice system needs reform to tackle chronic overcrowding in remand centres. (The Moscow Times, 17/11)

On 16/11 the Supreme Court scrapped a criminal conviction and sent the case of Aleksei Navalny for retrial. (The New York Times, 16/11)

On 16/11 Transparency International rated Russia as one of the most corrupt countries in Eurasia. (The Moscow Times , 17/11)

On 14/11 the United States added six Crimean representatives newly elected to Russia's parliament to its sanctions blacklist for supporting Moscow's illegal annexation of the Ukrainian territory in 2014. (RFE/RL, 15/11)

On 14/11 the International Criminal Court, said the conflict in Ukraine should be considered an international armed conflict between Russia and Ukraine. (RFE/RL, 15/11)

On 15/11 the UN human rights committee condemned human rights abuses in Crimea. (RFE/RL, 16/11)

On 16/11 President Putin signed a decree stating Russia would not accede to the International Criminal Court. (RFE/RL, 16/11)
Rights in Russia,
20 Nov 2016, 10:31