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Week-ending 8 December 2017

Freedom of expression
On 4/12 Moscow City Court upheld a decision to extend house arrest for theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov. (RFE/RL, 4/12)

On 4/12 President Putin ordered the Justice Ministry to keep a list of foreign media designated “foreign agents.” (RAPSI, 4/12)

On 5/12 the Ministry of Justice designated nine media outlets, including Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) as “foreign agents.” (RAPSI, 5/12)

On 6/12 the State Duma voted to prohibit U.S. media outlets branded by the government as "foreign agents" from entering the lower house of parliament. (RFE/RL, 6/12)

On 7/12 Moscow police paid an unexpected visit to American journalist Michael Bohm, allegedly to check his residence documents. (The Moscow Times, 7/12)

On 8/12 Telegram Messenger challenged in the Supreme Court an FSB ruling on providing decoding of user data. (RAPSI, 8/12)

Right of assembly
On 2-3/12 Aleksei Navalny held rallies in Saratov, Pskov and Samara, overcoming increasingly creative efforts by local authorities to stop him. (Navalny vs. Putin, 3/12)

On 7/12 a Moscow court sentenced Dmitry Krepkin to 18 months in prison for allegedly injuring an OMON riot policeman during the anti-corruption protest on 26/4. (Navalny vs. Putin, 7/12)

North Caucasus
On 5/12 Memorial Human Rights Centre confirmed at least 7 Grozny residents kidnapped on 21-22/11. (Caucasian Knot, 5/12)

On 5/12 reports said Makhmud Velitov, Imam of the Moscow "Yardyam" mosque, sentenced for preaching about a Dagestani religious figure, was hospitalized. (Caucasian Knot, 5/12)

On 7/12 Azamat Aliev, who disappeared on 5/12, was detained by police in Makhachkala, who said he had a grenade in his possession. (Caucasian Knot, 7/12)

On 7/12 the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture denied Tatiana Moskalkova's statement of 6/12 that the CPT’s delegation found no evidence of extrajudicial killings in Chechnya. (Caucasian Knot, 8/12)

On 5/12 reports said an insurance procurement order for Russia’s Defence Ministry showed 2,642 Russian servicemen died between 2012-15. (The Moscow Times, 5/12)

On 8/7 reports said Russian Colonel General Nikolai Tkachev was identified as a key figure in the downing of MH17 in July 2014. (The Moscow Times, 8/12)

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10 Dec 2017, 14:01