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Week-ending 23 September 2016

Elections fraud alleged


LGBT site banned









Parliamentary elections
On 19/9 the independent election monitoring group Golos reported that Russia's parliamentary elections were ‘far from truly free and fair.’ The OSCE pointed to challenges related to restrictions of fundamental freedoms and political rights. (The Moscow Times, 19/9)

On 22/9 Aleksei Navalny called on Central Election Commission chief Ella Pamfilova to resign over alleged falsifications in the 18/9 parliamentary elections. (RFE/RL, 23/9)

Freedom of expression
On 19/9 a court in Siberia banned, one of Russia's most popular LGBT news sites. (RFE/RL, 19/9)

On 19/9 prosecutors asked a Moscow court to jail blogger Anton Nosik for two years for inciting hatred or hostility. (The Moscow Times, 19/9)

On 20/9 Judge Elena Toshina fined Aleksei Shestakovych 1,000 roubles for a video he reposted 4 years before Russia occupied Crimea. The same day another Simferopol court rejected his appeal against a 20,000 rouble fine for a peaceful picket. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 22/9)

On 20/9 journalist Aleksandr Sotnik, known for his anti-Kremlin stance, said he had left Russia in fear of his life. (RFE/RL, 21/9) 

On 21/9 dissident artist Oleg Vorotnikov, detained in Prague on 18/9 and facing possible extradition to Russia, was released from custody. He said he plans to apply for asylum in the Czech Republic. (RFE/RL, 21/9)

Right of assembly
On 19/9 Moscow police detained US citizen Ariella Katz from Chicago near Red Square for a one-person demonstration in support of jailed Russian activist Ildar Dadin. (RFE/RL, 20/9)

Law enforcement
On 19/9 reports said Russia plans to create a super security agency called the Ministry of State Security, the name once given to Josef Stalin's Soviet security apparatus. (RFE/RL, 19/9)

On 20/9 the Interior Ministry said it will cut 163,000 staff (over 15%) following a presidential decree that comes into force on 1/10. (The Moscow Times, 20/9)

On 21/9 the spokesman for Russia's Investigative Committee, Vladimir Markin, said he had resigned. (RFE/RL, 21/9)

On 22/9 it was announced rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina has been named co-winner of a Swedish human rights award sometimes referred to as the "alternative Nobel." (RFE/RL, 22/9)
Rights in Russia,
26 Sep 2016, 01:49