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Week-ending 7 April 2017

59 detained

EU parliament






‘Secret prison’


Jehovah’s Witnesses


Two killed


Right of assembly
On 2/4 police detained 59 opposition protesters in central Moscow. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 2 /4)

On 6/4 the EU parliament approved a resolution calling for the immediate release and dropping of all charges against the detained peaceful protesters and journalists. (RFE/RL, 6/4)

On 7/4 Leonid Razvozzhayev was released from a Siberian prison after serving a 4 1/2-year sentence for allegedly organizing protest rallies in 2012. (RFE/RL, 7/4)

Freedom of expression
On 4/4 LiveJournal released an updated user agreement that reportedly makes the website’s data fully accessible to Russian police under anti-terrorist legislation. (Global Voices, 4/4)

On 5/4 the Supreme Court of Chechnya upheld the guilty verdict against journalist Zhaladi Geriev. (Caucasian Knot, 5/4)

LGBT rights
On 1 /4 Novaya gazeta reported over 100 gay men have been brutally detained — and at least three killed — in Chechnya. (The Moscow Times, 6/4)

On 3/ 4 head of the Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov called for a "thorough check" of the reports. (RFE/RL, 3 /4)

On 4/4 Novaya gazeta reported that the city of Argun hosts a "secret prison" for LGBT people. (Caucasian Knot, 5/4)

Ildar Dadin
On 4/4 Ildar Dadin was told he is not eligible to obtain a passport because he is involved in "unsanctioned politics." (RFE/RL, 5/4)

Freedom of conscience
On 5/4 the Supreme Court refused to recognize Jehovah's Witnesses as victims of repression. (The Moscow Times, 5/4)

On 4/4 the ECtHR held the rights of a Russian national involuntarily placed in a psychiatric facility were violated. (RAPSI, 4/4)

North Caucasus
In the week from 27/3 to 2/4, two persons were killed and one wounded in the North Caucasus. (Caucasian Knot, 3 /4)

On 3/4 the trial of Crimean journalist Mykola Semena on separatism-related charges resumed; on 4/4 the trial was adjourned until 18/4. (RFE/RL, 3/4, 4/4)

On 4/4 reports said the Crimea Human Rights Group has collated information about all judges involved in illegally imprisoning Ukrainian citizens in Crimea. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 4/4)
Rights in Russia,
9 Apr 2017, 12:43