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Week-ending 28 April 2017

LGBT Network

Six secret prisons







Jehovah’s Witnesses


Open Russia


LGBT persecution in Chechnya
On 22/4 the Russian LGBT Network said it had provided assistance to 35 gay men from Chechnya. (Caucasian Knot, 22/4)

On 24/4 Novaya Gazeta said gay men in Chechnya are being detained in at least six secret prisons. (The Moscow Times, 24/4)

Civil society activists
On 24/4 lawyers for Sochi activist Vitaly Nebieridze, jailed for 8 days on charges of organizing an anti-corruption rally, filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. (Caucasian Knot, 24/4) 

On 26/4 blogger Ilya Varlamov was attacked by unidentified people with green disinfectant. (Caucasian Knot, 27/4)

On 27/4 Aleksei Navalny was hospitalized after an unknown man sprayed green antiseptic into his face. (The Moscow Times, 27/4)

On 28/4 two opponents of a major demolition plan by Moscow city authorities, Natalya Fedorova and Sergei Shargunov, were subject of separate attacks in the Russian capital. (RFE/RL, 28/4)

Freedom of expression
On 28/4 Russian prosecutors called for a 3 1/2-year prison term for blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky. (RFE/RL, 28/4)

On 28/4 a Moscow Military Court found imam Makhmud Velitov guilty of justifying terrorism, sentencing him to three years in prison. (RAPSI, 28/4)

Right of association
On 24/4 a court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Jehovah’s Witnesses against the Justice Ministry’s decision to suspend its activities. (RAPSI, 24/4)

On 25/4 International Memorial Society said officials sought to prevent teachers and children attending the award ceremony for the NGO’s history-writing competition. (Caucasian Knot, 25/4)

On 26/4 three NGOs founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky were designated as ‘undesirable.’ (Amnesty International, 26/4)

On 26/4 Open Russia said it would continue all operations, despite the designation. (Global Voices, 26/4)

On 27/4 police searched a Moscow office of Open Russia. (RFE/RL, 27/4)

On 27/4 a court upheld the Adygea Justice Ministry’s decision to place the NGO Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus on the ‘foreign agent’ register. (Caucasian Knot, 27/4)

On 26/4 a court sentenced Ruslan Zeytullayev, a Crimean Tatar, to 12 years in prison for establishing a cell of the Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir in Crimea. (RFE/RL, 26/4)
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