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Week-ending 14 July 2017

Allegations of extra-judicial killings
On 9/7 Novaya gazeta reported security forces in Chechnya summarily executed 27 people on the night of 26/1. (RFE/RL, 9/7; Amnesty Internatioinal, 10/7; Caucasian Knot, 10/7; 12/7)

Aleksei Navalny
On 8/7 Moscow police detained at least 52 campaigning supporters of Aleksei Navalny. (RFE/RL, 8/7)

On 9/7 in Krasnodar police detained for several hours a volunteer working for Navalny. (Caucasian Knot, 9/7)

On 11/7 Krasnoyarsk police detained Ruslan Rudenko, a local coordinator of Navalny's presidential election campaign. On 12/7 police seized computers and accused Navalny’s national campaign chief, Leonid Volkov, of copyright infringement and creating a computer virus. (RFE/RL, 11/7, 12/7)

On 11/7 the prison service requested Navalny be imprisoned, in place of his suspended sentence, for breaching public assembly laws. (The Moscow Times, 11/7)

On 13/7 Navalny said his wife and two children are being tracked by the security services. (New York Times, 13/7)

On 13/7 prosecutors closed an investigation into a June attack on Navalny. (The Moscow Times, 14/7)

On 14/7 reports said police have created a special questionnaire for youths who participated in Navalny’s rallies. (RFE/RL, 14/7)

Right of association
On 10/7 a court upheld the pre-trial detention of St Petersburg's Church of Scientology leader Ivan Matsitsky. (RAPSI, 10/7)

On 13/7 the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Commissioner said Russia’s NGO law conflicts with human rights standards. (Council of Europe, 13/7)

Freedom of expression
On 13/7 reports said founder of NGO-TV Temur Kobaliya left Russia after the arrest of a staff member. (Radio Svoboda, 13/7)

On 14/7 vlogger Ruslan Sokolovsky was added to the list of active extremists and his bank account blocked. (RAPSI, 14/7)

On 11/7 prison inmate Zakhar Gritsak appealed to President Putin over alleged torture. (The Moscow Times, 11/7)

On 11/7 a court ruled Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov will remain under police supervision for 8 years after release. (RFE/RL, 14/7)

On 12/7 a court moved Boris Stomakhin, jailed for publishing material about acts of terrorism, to more strict conditions of imprisonment. (Caucasian Knot, 12/7)

On 12/7 reports said Aleksei Pichugin, sentenced to life in jail, had filed a petition for pardon. (RAPSI, 12/7)

Rights in Russia,
16 Jul 2017, 14:32