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Week-ending 12 May 2017

Bolotnaya Square



Activists detained

11 detained


Online restrictions




Dutch court 

Two killed 
Right of assembly
On 6/5 thousands took part in a rally in Moscow to mark five years since the 2012 Bolotnaya Square protest. (RFE/RL, 6/5)

On 9/5 President Putin signed an order restricting, among other things, protests before, during and after two international football tournaments in 2017 and 2018. (The Moscow Times, 11/5)

On 11/5 Ilya Dyakonov, coordinator of Aleksei Navalny's office in Astrakhan, filed a lawsuit challenging the refusal of the city’s mayor to permit a protest rally. (Caucasian Knot, 11/5)

On 11/5 five LGBT activists were detained as they tried to deliver a petition to the Prosecutor General calling for an investigation into alleged abuses against gay people in Chechnya. (BBC, 11/5)

On 12/5 at least 11 activists, including Ildar Dadin, were detained on Red Square as they read out the constitution. (RFE/RL, 12/5)

Freedom of expression
On 11/5 blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky was given a three-and-a-half year suspended prison sentence for ‘inciting hatred’ and ‘offending believers’ feelings’ after filming himself playing Pokémon Go in a cathedral. (Amnesty International, 11/5)

On 11/5 Vladimir Putin issued an executive order instructing the government to rein in online media and limit Internet users’ anonymity. (The Moscow Times, 11/5)

On 9/5 Darya Kulakova was released after 10 days in jail for a letter-writing campaign to President Putin. (RFE/RL, 9/5)

On 9/5 Aleksei Navalny had medical treatment in Spain for his right eye, damaged by a chemical thrown in his face, despite warnings from officials that he should not leave the country. (RFE/RL, 7/5; BBC, 9/5; RFE/RL, 12/5)

On 12/5 Moscow police released a report explaining that they had earlier refused to investigate an attack on Igor Kalyapin at a 2014 press conference critical of Chechen authorities on the grounds that the assault was carried out to ‘protect’ Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. (The Moscow Times, 12/5)

On 9/5 a Dutch appeals court ruled Russia knowingly forced Yukos into bankruptcy through massive tax bills. (RFE/RL, 9/5)

North Caucasus
On 12/5 reports said two men who attacked a police checkpoint in Malgobek, Ingushetia, had been killed. A police officer was wounded. (Caucasian Knot, 12/5)
Rights in Russia,
14 May 2017, 10:29