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Week-ending 28 October 2016

Konstantin Raikin


Film on North Korea

Levada Centre

Aleksei Gaskarov




Stanislaw Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk


Magomednabi Magomedov

Ruslan Boltashev
Freedom of expression
On 24/10 Konstantin Raikin, director of the Satirikon Theater and a celebrated actor, criticized government censorship of the arts in a speech. (The Moscow Times, 27/10)

On 27/10 an Ekaterinburg court ruled blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky, facing up to five years in jail for playing Pokémon Go in church, broke his house arrest rules by speaking to his girlfriend, and remanded him in custody. (The Guardian, 27/10)

On 25/10 Vitaly Mansky, director of a documentary film about North Korea, Under the Sun, said eight Moscow theaters have refused to screen the film. (The Moscow Times, 25/10)

Right of association
On 26/10 a court in Moscow fined the independent national pollster Levada Center 300,000 roubles ($4,800) for refusing to register as a ‘foreign agent’. (RFE/RL, 26/10)

Right of assembly
On 27/10, activist Aleksei Gaskarov was freed after completing a 3 1/2-year jail term for his involvement in the 2012 Bolotnaya Square mass anti-Kremlin demonstration. (RFE/RL, 27/10)

On 28/10 Moscow authorities rejected an application by Dmitry Demushkin, ex-leader of banned far-right organization ‘Russians’ under house arrest, to hold the yearly far-right ‘Russian March’ on 4/11. (The Moscow Times, 28/10)

Court cases
On 24/10 the lawyer acting for Igor Nagavkin, the leader of the regional branch of the movement For Human Rights, said his client had ended his hunger strike in pre-trial detention after he started to receive medical treatment. (Caucasian Knot, 25/10)

On 24/10 the ECtHR held the rights of activist member of the Voina art group, Leonid Nikolaev, who died in 2015, had been violated and ruled the Russian authorities pay €1,300 in compensation for a three-month 2010 detention. (RAPSI, 24/10) 

On 26/10 Amnesty International condemned as a ‘travesty of justice’ the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold on appeal the conviction of Ukrainians Stanislaw Klykh and Mykola Karpyuk for killing Russian soldiers in Chechnya in the 1990s. (Amnesty International, 26/10)

On 27/10 Moscow City Court sentenced former Defence Ministry employee Andrei Belyaev to 12 years in prison on treason charges. Details of the case have been listed as ‘top secret’. (The Moscow Times, 27/10)

North Caucasus
On 24/10 the North Caucasus Regional Military Court sentenced Dagestani Islamic cleric Magomednabi Magomedov to prison on charges of inciting hatred and making public calls for terrorist activities. (RFE/RL, 24/10)

On 27/10 Judge Ruslan Boltashev was shot and killed as he was driving his car in Pervomayskoye, a village in the region of Karachayevo-Cherkesia. (RFE/RL, 27/10)
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30 Oct 2016, 04:34