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Week-ending 19 May 2017

LGBT rights
On 16/5 three French gay rights groups accused Chechnya of a policy of genocide towards gay people in a complaint filed at the International Criminal Court. (BBC, 16/5)

On 17/5 reports said two LGBT residents of Chechnya have received asylum in Lithuania. (Caucasian Knot, 17/5)

Right of assembly
On 15/5 a court in Tatarstan region sentenced Albert Abuzarov to 10 days in jail in connection with a rally in support of Aleksei Navalny on 14/5. (RFE/RL, 16/5)

On 18/5 Yury Kuly, a protester arrested at an anti-corruption rally in Moscow on 26/3, was jailed for eight months for alleged assault. (The Moscow Times, 18/5)

On 18/5 Russian law enforcement officers detained at least 18 people with Crimean Tatar flags in Bakhchysarai and Simferopol. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 19/5)

Freedom of expression
On 16/5 the company behind the Telegram app said it will not hand over information to the authorities amid reports of government pressure to do so. (The Moscow Times, 17/5)

On 18/5 Moscow City Court dismissed an appeal against extension of the detention of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, charged with espionage. (RAPSI, 18/5)

On 19/5 reports said the National Guard is planning to train IT experts to monitor social networks. (The Moscow Times, 19/5)

Right of association
On 16/5 Azerbaijani officials and legislators decried a decision by Russia’s Supreme Court to shut down a group representing over 2 million Azerbaijanis living in Russia. (RFE/RL, 17/5)

On 17/5 the Supreme Court of Adygea quashed cases against Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus under the foreign agent law, and cancelled fines imposed earlier. (Caucasian Knot, 17/5)

Torture
On 12/5 five prison officers were jailed for the death of Vitaly Pop, a Ukrainian prisoner who died on his first night in a Russian prison. (Human rights in Ukraine, 18/5)

On 18/5 a Moscow court ruled relatives of Tajik labour migrant Farrukh Urozov, beaten to death by police, will receive 200,000 roubles in compensation. (Freedom from Torture, 20/5)

Alleged terrorism
On 17/5 the Supreme Court upheld the sentence for fifteen persons found guilty of preparing a terror attack on the Kirghizia Cinema in Moscow. Memorial Human Rights Centre believes the charges were fabricated. (RAPSI, 17/5; Memorial, 17/4)
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20 May 2017, 13:20
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