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Week-ending 3 November 2017

Freedom of expression
On 28/10 Raisa Pogodaeva, an opposition activist from the town of Goryachy Kliuch, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for reposting a video with a swastika. (Caucasian Knot, 28/10)

On 1/11 a law prohibiting the use of Internet proxy services including VPNs entered into force in Russia. (RFE/RL, 31/10)

On 2/11 police told Aleksandr Byvshev, an ex-teacher in Orel region convicted of inciting ethnic hatred for a pro-Ukraine poem, he would face another trial. (RFE/RL, 3/11)

On 31/10 Aleksei Navalny's presidential campaign chief in Moscow, Nikolai Lyaskin, was held for several hours by police without explanation. (RFE/RL, 31/10)

On 1/11 Aleksei Navalny said he would sue President Putin and his administration over what he called a coordinated effort to thwart his campaign for the March 2018 presidential election. On 2/11 the Kremlin denied the allegations (RFE/RL, 1/11, 2/11)

Right of association
On 30/10 a lawyer for the polling agency Levada Centre said the European Court of Human Rights had accepted its lawsuit regarding its designation as a “foreign agent.” (RFE/RL, 31/10)

On 2/11 Mikhail Fedotov, chair of the Presidential Human Rights Council suggested foreign entities should finance Russian NGOs indirectly through the fund for presidential grants. (RAPSI, 2/11)

On 3/11 the FSB said they had detained supporters of Artpodgotovka on grounds they are members of a "conspiratorial cell" plotting acts of violence. (RFE/RL, OVD-Info, 3/11)

North Caucasus
On 31/10 the Interior Ministry said during the first nine months of 2017, 296 militants were apprehended in the North Caucasus Federal District. (RFE/RL, 2/11)

On 1/11 human rights ombudsperson Tatyana Moskalkova said the authorities in Chechnya are investigating a gay man’s allegations of torture by police. (The Moscow Times, 1/11)

On 3/11 after Friday prayers police detained at least 25 parishioners of mosques in Dagestan. (Caucasian Knot, 3/11)

Victims of political repression
On 29/10 hundreds gathered in Moscow to honour the memory of those executed during the Great Terror. (RFE/RL, 29/10)

On 30/10 Memorial Human Rights Centre published an updated list of political prisoners. (Caucasian Knot, 2/11)

On 30/10 President Putin unveiled a memorial dedicated to victims of Soviet-era government repression. (RFE/RL, 30/10)

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6 Nov 2017, 03:48