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Week-ending 10 November 2017

Freedom of expression
On 6/11 it was announced the Sakharov Prize for Journalism as an Act of Conscience has been awarded to Boris Stomakhin, serving a six-year prison sentence in Russia for alleged ‘extremism.’ On 8/11 reports said Stomakhin had complained he was deprived of basic necessities in detention. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 6/11; Caucasian Knot, 8/11)

On 8/11 a Moscow court rejected Aleksei Navalny’s lawsuit against President Putin and his administration for obstructing his presidential campaign. (RFE/RL, 8/11)

On 9/11 the Supreme Court of Chechnya ruled on appeal that the NGO Civic Assistance Committee, Ramazan Djalaldinov and newspaper Novaya gazeta have defamed the reputation of the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs. (Caucasian Knot, 9/11)

Right of assembly
On 4/11 police detained dozens of nationalist demonstrators in Moscow at the Russian March coinciding with celebrations of the country's National Unity Day holiday. (RFE/RL, 4/11)

On 5/11 authorities detained hundreds of people after nationalists gathered in Moscow and St. Petersburg for an antigovernment rally. (RFE/RL, 5/11)

On 7/11 six members of The Other Russia were jailed for terms ranging from eight to 33 days after an unsanctioned rally in St. Petersburg on 6/11. 17 others were fined. (RFE/RL, 7/11)

On 8/11 Sergei Marchukov of Astrakhan was jailed for 15 days for participating in a rally on Red Square. (Caucasian Knot, 8/11)

On 9/11 Dmitry Buchenkov, a defendant in the Bolotnaya Square case held under house arrest, said he had left Russia and was seeking asylum in an EU country. (RFE/RL, 9/11)

Other cases
On 8/11 the Supreme Court upheld the life sentence given to ex-Yukos security chief Aleksei Pichugin. (RFE/RL, 8/11)

On 8/11 Russia said it would seek the extradition from the US of Olympic whistle-blower Grigory Rodchenkov. (RFE/RL, 8/11)

On 9/11 a court in Ekaterinburg fined and ordered the deportation of Belarusian citizen Ihar Shchuka for an attempt to set fire to a monument to former President Yeltsin. (RFE/RL, 10/11)

On 7/11 Krasnodar Regional Court denied on appeal a house arrest request by Ukrainian teenager Pavlo Hryb held in custody on terrorism-related charges. (RFE/RL, 7/11)

On 8/11 wives of seven political prisoners returning to Crimea were detained and interrogated by Russian border guards for many hours before release. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 9/11)

Rights in Russia,
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