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Week-ending 26 May 2017

Freedom of expression
On 23/5 investigators searched the Gogol Centre theatre and the home of its director Kirill Serebrennikov, who has criticized the government and the Russian Orthodox Church. (RFE/RL, 23/5)

On 24/5 Dmitry Popkov, editor of a newspaper in the Siberian city of Minusinsk, was shot dead. (RFE/RL, 25/5)

On 24/5 a bill banning anonymous use of online messenger apps was submitted to the Russian parliament. (The Moscow Times, 24/5)

On 25/5 Semen Kochkin, a coordinator for Aleksei Navalny’s election campaign in Chuvashia, was fined for extremism after reposting a part of the John Oliver US TV show. (RFE/RL, 25/5)

LGBT rights
On 26/5 Human Rights Watch in a report said two detainees alleged chair of the Chechen parliament Magomed Daudov personally oversaw torture of people he believed to be gay. (The Moscow Times, 26/5)

On 26/5 reports said Russian officials were actively investigating claims of a purge of gay men in Chechnya. (The Guardian, 26/5)

Right of assembly
On 23/5 police detained truckers protesting against the ‘Platon’ system in Khimki. (Caucasian Knot, 23/5)

On 23/5 Sergei Plenkin was detained after he unfolded a poster in a Krasnodar street when the presidential motorcade was passing by. (Caucasian Knot, 23/5)

On 24/5 a Moscow court sentenced Aleksandr Shpakov, who took part in a protest on 26/3, to 18 months in prison after convicting him of attacking a police officer. (RFE/RL, 24/5)

Freedom of conscience
On 26/5 the Supreme Court upheld a ruling declaring a branch of the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization in Cherkessk extremist and liquidating it. (RAPSI, 26/5)

Police abuse
On 22/5 a report co-authored by Public Verdict Foundation said almost 25% of Russians have witnessed or experienced police abuse. (The Moscow Times, 22/5)

On 24/5 a lawyer representing Sergei Magnitsky’s mother submitted new evidence to a Moscow court alleging a cover-up of the deceased whistleblower’s death. (OCCRP, 24/5)

On 25/5 in Kemerovo the trial began of blogger Stanislav Kalinichenko accused of “inflicting pain” on a police officer during his arrest in June 2016. (The Moscow Times, 25/5)

World Cup 2018
On 25/5 the FIFA president said there have been human rights abuses of workers engaged in construction of an arena in St Petersburg. (The Guardian, 25/5)
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28 May 2017, 13:47