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Week-ending 5 May 2017





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LGBT rights
On 1/5 several LGBT activists were detained on St. Petersburg’s Nevsky Prospekt for waving rainbow flags and chanting “Kadyrov to The Hague.” (The Moscow Times, 1/5)

On 5/5 President Putin suggested reports of alleged abuses of gay men in Chechnya may be merely “rumours.” (RFE/RL, 5/5)

Freedom of expression
On 1/5 Putin signed into law a bill restricting foreign streaming services’ access to the Russian market. (Global Voices, 5/5)

On 2/5 and 5/5 the NGO RosKomSvoboda said Russia has blocked five messaging services: BlackBerry Messenger, Imo, Line, Vchat and Chinese messenger WeChat. (RAPSI, 2/5; 5/5)

On 5/5 Yevgeniya Albats, editor of The New Times, said she had received a warning from Roskomnadzor for an article that “showed signs of justifying terrorism.” (The Moscow Times, 5/5)

On 30/4 activist Darya Kulakova was jailed in Tatarstan for organizing a letter-writing campaign urging, in part, President Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term. (RFE/RL, 30/4)

On 4/5 reports said performance artist Petr Pavlensky and his partner had received political asylum in France. (RFE/RL, 4/5)

On 29/4 REN-TV released footage of the 27/4 attack on Navalny, with the attacker’s face blurred. On 2/5 a man reportedly responsible for the attack on Navalny was said to be Aleksandr Petrunko, who led pro-Russian activists in Kharkiv. (The Moscow Times, 1/5; Human Rights in Ukraine, 2/5)

On 2/5 Aleksei Navalny said he is filing an official complaint against police for failing to investigate the attack. (RFE/RL, 2/5)

On 3/5 Kirov Regional Court upheld an embezzlement verdict against Aleksei Navalny and Petr Ofitserov. (RFE/RL, 3/5)

On 4/5 Aleksei Navalny said the authorities were stopping him going abroad to seek urgent medical treatment after an attack that left him mostly blind in one eye. (The New York Times, 4/5)

Right of assembly
On 3/5 Astrakhan Regional Court dismissed an appeal against a court ruling upholding a refusal by Astrakhan city authorities to permit an anti-corruption rally. (Caucasian Knot, 3/5)

On 3/5 Krasnodar Regional Court dismissed an appeal by Konstantin Gudimov and Suren Edigarov against jail sentences imposed following a protest rally in Sochi. (Caucasian Knot, 2/5)

On 2/5 the ECtHR awarded €95,000 to three Russian citizens for ill-treatment by police. (RAPSI, 2/5)
Rights in Russia,
8 May 2017, 00:14