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Week-ending 21 April 2017



60 fled

Jehovah’s Witnesses





Aeroflot (1)

Aeroflot (2)



Two killed


LGBT persecution in Chechnya
On 15/4 Novaya gazeta journalist Elena Milashina said she had left Moscow following threats since she reported on persecution of gay men in Chechnya. (Committee to Protect Journalists, 17/4)

On 17/4 prosecutors in Chechnya said they will investigate reports of arrests of suspected gay men. On 20/4 the Kremlin said it had ‘no confirmation’ of abuse against gay men. On 21/4 Ramzan Kadyrov denied reports of the abuses. (The Moscow Times, 17/4; RFE/RL, 20/4; The Guardian, 21/4)

On 21/4 the BBC reported more than 60 gay men have fled Chechnya. (BBC, 21/4)

Freedom of conscience
On 20/4 the Supreme Court designated Jehovah's Witnesses as an extremist organization. (BBC, 20/4)

Freedom of expression
On 19/4 journalist Nikolai Andrushchenko died in St. Petersburg following an assault on 9/3. (RFE/RL, 19/4)

On 19/4 Roskomnadzor said Twitter has agreed to store some of its users' data inside Russia. (RFE/RL, 19/4)

Right of association
On 20/4 the Justice Ministry removed Ingush human rights NGO Mashr from the register of ‘foreign agents’. (Caucasian Knot, 20/4)

On 18/4 reports said airline Pobeda is under investigation after refusing to let a disabled child and his mother board a flight in Moscow on 14/4. (The Moscow Times, 18/4)

On 18/4 a Moscow court rejected a discrimination claim against Aeroflot by stewardess Irina Ierusalimskaya. (BBC, 20/4)

On 21/4 a court rejected a lawsuit by Aeroflot flight attendant Evgeniya Magurina over alleged discrimination. (RFE/RL, 21/4)

On 18/4 Vladimir Khagdayev received a 3-year suspended sentence for an online post of a separatist nature. (RAPSI, 18/4)

On 19/4 a court rejected the application for parole by Darya Poliudova, jailed for extremism. (Caucasian Knot, 19/4)

On 19/4 the FSB said it had killed two suspected militants from Central Asia in Vladimir region. (RFE/RL, 19/4)

On 21/4 investigators charged Nikita Sadkov with desecration of the Russian flag and incitement of national hatred. (RAPSI, 21/4)

On 15/4 Ruslan Zeitullaev, on trial for membership of Hizb ut-Tahrir, said he would continue a hunger strike. (Caucasian Knot, 15/4)
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24 Apr 2017, 00:13