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Week-ending 29 December 2017

On 27/12 a court ruled historian Yury Dmitriev, being tried on child-pornography charges, will be released from pretrial custody on 28/1/18 and undergo a psychiatric exam. (RFE/RL, 27/12)

On 27/2 Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov, convicted of separatism and inciting ethnic hatred, was released. (RFE/RL, 27/12)

On 29/12 unknown assailants severely beat environmental activist Andrei Rudomakha in Krasnodar after he filmed illegal construction of a luxury mansion. (RFE/RL, 29/12)

On 29/12 a Russian court sentenced UK-based financier Bill Browder - a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin - to nine years' jail in absentia for fraud and tax evasion. (BBC, 29/12)

Freedom of expression
On 23/12 Facebook and Instagram accounts of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov were blocked. (Caucasian Knot, 23/12)

On 26/12 Yalta City Court in Crimea gave a 2-year suspended sentence to Larisa Kitaiska over supposed ‘Russophobic’ posts on Facebook. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 27/12)

Right of assembly
On 28/12 Ilya Yashin was detained for staging a demonstration authorities said did not have their permission. (RFE/RL, 28/12)

On 28/12 Moscow City Court upheld a court ruling sentencing Maria Alekhina to 40 hours of community service for unauthorized protest action near the FSB’s HQ. (RAPSI, 28/12)

LGBT rights
On 26/12 Movsar Eskerkhanov, a refugee from Chechnya, said that he was forced to ask the authorities of the republic to forgive him for his coming-out. (Caucasian Knot, 26/12)

On 28/12 residents of Chechnya, who left the republic due to a project of the Russian LGBT Network, reported torture after detentions. (Caucasian Knot, 28/12)

On 25/12 Russian election officials formally barred Aleksei Navalny from running for president. (The Guardian, 25/12)

On 27/12 Aleksei Navalny, barred from challenging President Putin in a March election, called for nationwide protests on 28/1 in support of a boycott of the ballot. (RFE/RL, 27/12)

President Putin
On 29/12 President Putin signed into law a bill that envisages a wider use of jury trials in some cases. (RAPSI, 29/12)

On 28/12 President Putin said law enforcement officers should “liquidate” suspected terrorists if they pose a potentially deadly threat. (RFE/RL, 28/12)
Rights in Russia,
2 Jan 2018, 04:27