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Week-ending 21 July 2017

Liudmila Alekseeva
On 20/7 chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group Liudmila Alekseeva turned 90. Alekseeva asked President Putin, who visited her, to pardon ex-senator Igor Izmestyev. (RAPSI, 20/7)

Freedom of expression
On 14/7 anti-corruption activist Viktoria Lobova was jailed for three days in Vladimir for reposting a picture where President Putin is likened to Adolf Hitler. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 18/7)

On 18/7 it was reported that on 7/7 a court in Crimea sentenced Emil Minasov to 1 ¼ years in jail for Facebook posts critical of the annexation of the peninsula. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 20/7)

On the night of 18-19/7, acrid gas was sprayed into the family home of journalist Yulia Latynina. (The Moscow Times, 20/7)

On 21/7 the Duma passed a bill to prohibit the use of Internet proxy services including VPNs. (RFE/RL, 21/7)

Freedom of conscience
On 17/7 Russia's Supreme Court ordered the disbanding of the Jehovah's Witnesses on grounds of extremism. (BBC, 17/7)

Right of assembly
On 20/7 a Moscow court found Stanislav Zimovets, who took part in a protest on 26/3, guilty of assaulting a police officer and sentenced him to 2 1/2 years in prison. (RFE/RL, 20/7)

LGBT rights
On 17/7the Kremlin said recent anti-gay comments by Ramzan Kadyrov had been “taken out of context.” (The Moscow Times, 17/7; Caucasian Knot, 19/7)

Legal cases / Law enforcement
On 18/7 a Moscow court ordered Aleksei Navalny and two co-defendants to pay 2.1m roubles in damages to a lumber company. (RFE/RL, 18/7)

On 19/7 a court ruled Anton Mamaev, recently jailed for armed robbery, who has disabilities, be released. (RAPSI, 19/7)

On 21/7 ex-Yukos security chief Aleksei Pichugin sentenced to life lost his bid for a pardon. (RAPSI, 21/7)

On 20/7 the body of Sharip Zaipullaev, a resident of Vladimir region found dead on 10/7 in a blown-up car in Dagestan, was not given to relatives. (Caucasian Knot, 20/7)

On 20/7 report said the Federal Tax Service filed a lawsuit to collect 3bn roubles from Bill Browder and a partner in a tax evasion case. (RAPSI, 20/7)

On 18/7 a court in The Hague ruled Russia must pay 5.4m euros in damages for the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise. (The Moscow Times, 18/7; RFE/RL; RAPSI, 20/7)

Rights in Russia,
23 Jul 2017, 15:06