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Week-ending 22 December 2017



Historical memory 
On 18/12 Arseny Roginsky, chair of the International Memorial Society, died at the age of 71. (RFE/RL, 18/12) 

On 20/12 chief of the FSB Aleksandr Bortnikov offered a defence of his agency’s predecessors’ involvement in mass purges and the Gulag. (The Moscow Times, 20/12) 

Freedom of expression 
On 18/12 the Supreme Court of Crimea upheld a separatism conviction against journalist Mykola Semena. (RFE/RL, 18/12) 

On 20/12 President Putin signed a bill providing for fines for violating the law on Internet messengers. (RAPSI, 20/12) 

On 21/12 journalist Vyacheslav Prudnikov who works for Kavkazsky Uzel was shot in Rostov region, in an attack he linked to his reporting. (RFE/RL, 22/12) 

On 21/12 Mikhail Khodorkovsky launched a new media website after authorities blocked access to the site of his blacklisted pro-democracy NGO, Open Russia. (The Moscow Times, 21/12) 

On 21/12 a draft order from the Justice Ministry suggests all media outlets with foreign funding may be designated ‘foreign agents.’ (RFE/RL, 21/12) 

Right of assembly 
On 18/12 dozens of Crimean Tatars were fined over single-person demonstrations in Crimean. (RFE/RL, 18/12) 

On 20/12 Moscow City Court banned a rally planned by Ilya Yashin for 24/12. (RFE/RL, 20/12) 

On 21/12 a Moscow court ordered Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina to perform 40 hours of community-service work as punishment for a protest outside the FSB’s HQ. (RFE/RL, 21/12) 

Activists 
On 22/12 Moscow police searched the homes of Olga Chezare, Roman Kogan, and Roman Rashimas, activists of an opposition group called Protesting Moscow. (RFE/RL, 22/12) 

On 22/12 the FSB detained nine members of a migrant assistance centre on suspicion of helping undocumented Central Asian terrorists obtain legal status. (The Moscow Times, 22/12) 

North Caucasus
On 17/12 the authorities reported three militants killed in Gubden, Dagestan. (Caucasian Knot, 17/12) 

On 18/12 the authorities reported five suspected militants killed in a district of Karachay-Cherkessia. (Caucasian Knot, 18/12) 

On 19/12 the authorities reported two members of illegal armed groups were killed near Igali, Dagestan. (Caucasian Knot, 19/12)

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Rights in Russia,
24 Dec 2017, 12:44
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