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Week-ending 21 October 2016

Zhalaudi Geriev

Anna Politkovskaya


Tablighi Jamaat

Denis Kirillov


‘Drunk tanks’


Two killed

Women protest

Freedom of expression
On 17/10 Moscow-based Memorial Human Rights Centre recognized Chechen journalist Zhalaudi Geriev as a political prisoner. (RFE/RL, 17/10)

On 17/10 Mediazona reported the FSB pressured Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, convicted of the killing of Anna Politkovskaya, to implicate Boris Berezovsky in her death. (RFE/RL, 17/10)

On 18/10 Moscow City Court upheld a ruling to launch a defamation case against Aleksei Navalny brought on the basis of a petition filed by Pavel Karpov, who is on the sanctions list over Sergei Magnitsky. (RAPSI, 18/10)

Right of association
On 20/10 the FSB detained seven alleged members of Tablighi Jamaat (Messenger's Assembly) a banned Islamic group in Tatarstan. (RFE/RL, 20/10)

Health & Sport 
On 17/10 reports said whistleblower Denis Kirillov, a former orderly who alleges patients at a psychiatric hospital in Tatarstan were mistreated, could face criminal charges. (RFE/RL, 17/10)

On 19/10 Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was promoted to the post of deputy prime minister. A report from WADA earlier this year accused Mutko's ministry of widespread state-backed doping. (The Moscow Times, 19/10)

On 20/10 a health ministry official said Russia will re-introduce drunk tanks - isolation rooms for intoxicated people - in eleven cities for the 2018 World Cup. (The Moscow Times, 20/10)

On 19/10 RBC news website reported Russian government plans to cut spending within the “Maternal and Child Health Care in 2013-2020” programme in 2017, allocating only 2.1 billion roubles ($33.6 million) instead of 4.7 billion ($75.2 million). (The Moscow Times, 19/10)

North Caucasus
On 17/10 the Russian authorities said security forces in Dagestan have killed two men wanted for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities. (RFE/RL, 17/10)

On 17/10 about 40 women staged a protest in Makhachkala, demanding information about missing relatives. (RFE/RL, 17/10)

On 21/10 Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister Sergei Petukhov reported that Russia has refused a request by Kiev for the transfer of film director Oleg Sentsov, sentenced to 20 years in prison for organizing a terrorist group in Crimea. (RAPSI, 21/10)
Rights in Russia,
22 Oct 2016, 11:01