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Week-ending 15 December 2017




Freedom of expression
On 11/12 the authorities blocked access to a number of websites run by Open Russia. (RFE/RL, 12/12)

On 12/12 an appeal court upheld the 800,000 rouble-fine imposed on Telegram for refusing to disclose data on correspondence to the authorities. (RAPSI, 12/12)

Right of assembly 
On 11/12 Crimea activist Rustem Osmanov was taken from his home by unidentified men without insignia. Later he was fined 10,000 roubles for alleged involvement in an ‘unauthorized meeting.’ (Human Rights in Ukraine, 13/12) 

On 15/12 30 truck drivers in Chita started a nationwide protest despite the jailing of two of their leaders and a "foreign agent" designation from the government. (RFE/RL, 15/12) 

Citizenship, Deportations
On 13/12 Karomat Sharipov, a Tajik migrants advocate who is not a Tajik citizen, was deported to Tajikistan. (RFE/RL, 13/12)

On 15/12 the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry said Akhral Azimov, the father of two suspects in a bombing in St. Petersburg, has lost his Russian citizenship and will be deported. (RFE/RL, 15/12)

Justice system, Incarceration
On 13/12 the lawyer of Crimean Tatar Bekir Degermendzhy, in pre-trial detention, said his client is dangerously ill and needs urgent medical treatment. (RFE/RL, 15/12)

On 15/12 former economy minister Aleksei Ulyukaev was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined $2.2m for soliciting a bribe from Igor Sechin, head of Rosneft. (The Guardian, 15/12)

Law enforcement agencies
On 9/12 the National Anti-Terrorist Committee reported three suspected militants had been killed in Stavropol. (Caucasian Knot, 9/12)

On 10/12 Mikail Mataev, allegedly abducted and tortured by law enforcement officers in Krasnodar, was found by his father and lawyer in a detention centre. (Caucasian Knot, 12/12)

On 14/12 the FSB declassified more than a thousand “top secret” documents dating from 1922-1934 to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Cheka. (The Moscow Times, 14/12)

On 13/12 the FSB said Ksenia Sobchak will not be prosecuted on grounds of separatism for her statement that “Crimea is Ukrainian”. (RFE/RL, 14/12)

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Rights in Russia,
16 Dec 2017, 13:10
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