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Week-ending 21 October 2016



Zhalaudi Geriev

Anna Politkovskaya

Aleksei 
Navalny


Tablighi Jamaat


Denis Kirillov

Vitaly 
Mutko

‘Drunk tanks’

Health 
spending


Two killed

Women protest


Oleg 
Sentsov
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)

Crimea
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)
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22 Oct 2016, 11:01
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