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Week-ending 16 September 2016



Elena 
Kostychenko



‘Foreign agent’ 
law

Ella 
Kesaeva


Base 
jumpers


Dmitry 
Medvedev


Boris 
Nemstov

Joseph 
Stalin


FGM


Elections
Freedom of expression
On 12/9 Elena Kostyuchenko, one of two journalists attacked at a cemetery earlier this month in Beslan, while attending memorial services to mark the 12th anniversary of a school siege that claimed the lives of at least 385 people, including 186 children, said her injuries from the attack are more serious than doctors thought initially. (The Moscow Times, 12/9)

Right of association
On 14/9 the Environmental Watchdog of the North Caucasus, an environmental NGO involved in battling wildfires, was labelled a ‘foreign agent.’ (The Moscow Times, 14/9)

On 14/9 about 15 people in police uniforms and civilian clothes arrived in three cars to the house of Ella Kesaeva, leader of the organization Voice of Beslan. The police officers failed to produce their IDs or state the purpose of their visit, but demanded that Ella Kesaeva come out of the house. (Caucasian Knot, 15/9)

Activists
On 16/9 Moscow’s Tagansky district court awarded over two million rubles (about $31,000) in compensation to four base jumpers acquitted of painting a star on a skyscraper in central Moscow with the colours of Ukraine's flag. (RAPSI, 16/9)

Alleged corruption
On 15/9 the Anti-Corruption Foundation published a report investigating a large dacha complex in Ivanovo region regularly used by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev. Medvedev's spokesperson confirmed the prime minister had stayed at the estate but did not own or rent it. (RFE/RL, 15/9)

Monuments
On 13/9 Duma candidate Dmitry Gudkov and journalist Timofey Dzyadko filed a petition with the Moscow’s mayor’s office to have a plaque installed on Moscow’s Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in commemoration of oppositionist Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered there. (Meduza, 13/9)

On 15/9 a new monument to Joseph Stalin was erected in the Siberian town of Surgut. The next day, protesters threw red paint on the statue. (The Moscow Times, 16/9)

North Caucasus
On 16/9 prosecutors in Dagestan said they have launched an investigation into reports of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the region. (The Moscow Times, 16/9)

Crimea
Rights groups say the Russian-imposed authorities in Crimea are using threats and intimidation to get out the vote in parliamentary elections scheduled for 18/9. (RFE/RL , 13/9)
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18 Sep 2016, 13:40
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