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Week-ending 9 June 2017

Right of assembly
On 6/6 a Moscow court dropped charges against Guardian reporter Alec Luhn, detained by police while covering the 26/3 protest in Moscow. (The Guardian, 6/6)

On 9/6 police detained at least three as protesters gathered outside the Duma during a vote on a plan to raze Soviet-era apartment blocks in Moscow. (RFE/RL, 9/6)

Murad Amriev
On 8/6 Belarusian authorities sent Murad Amriev, wanted in Chechnya regarding a false documents allegation, to Russia despite concerns he could be tortured or killed. (RFE/RL, 9/6)

On 8/6 the ECtHR asked Russia about measures planned to prevent violence against Murad Amriev. (Caucasian Knot, 9/6)

On 9/6 reports said family members of Murad Amriev left Chechnya for security reasons. (Caucasian Knot, 9/6)

Freedom of conscience
On 5/6 in Makhachkala about 90 people were detained by police in raids on mosques and halal cafes. (Caucasian Knot, 5/6)

On 6/6 the headquarters of the Church of Scientology in St. Petersburg was raided by the FSB. (RFE/RL, 6/6)

On 6/6 members of the Church of Scientology (St Petersburg) were arrested, subsequently charged with participation in an extremist group and other offences, and remanded in custody or placed under house arrest. (RAPSI, 8/6 ; 7/6; 9/6; RFE/RL, 9/6)

Right of association
On 7/6 reports said lawmakers are considering broadening the "foreign agent" law to include NGOs that receive funding from Russian citizens with foreign sources of income. (RFE/RL, 7/6)

On 8/6 police, unannounced, searched the Moscow office of prisoners’ rights NGO Rus Sidyashchaya ['Russia Behind Bars']. (RFE/RL, 8/6)

Freedom of expression
On 4/6 The New Times announced it will close its print edition due to financial problems. (The Moscow Times, 5/6)

On 5/6 ex-director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature Natalya Sharina was convicted of ‘inciting hatred’ and ‘embezzlement’ and given a 4-year suspended sentence. (Amnesty International, 5/6)

On 7/6 Chechnya prosecutors filed lawsuits to block 12 online materials for offending religious feelings. (Caucasian Knot, 8/6)

On 6/6 the ECtHR awarded over €15,000 in compensation including costs and expenses to former Yukos security chief Aleksei Pichugin sentenced to life in prison. (RAPSI, 6/6)
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11 Jun 2017, 10:43