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Week-ending 17 November 2017

Freedom of expression
On 13/11 a St. Petersburg court gave Anatoly Pleshanov a one-year suspended sentence for a social media post criticizing Russian support for Ukrainian refugees. (RFE/RL, 13/11)

On 14/11 the State Duma drafted amendments to existing laws that would label non-Russian news media “foreign agents." On 15/11 the Justice Ministry issued warnings to several RFE/RL news services. (The Moscow Times, 14/11; RFE/RL, 15/11)

On 16/11 the Supreme Court reduced by almost two years the six-year prison sentence of Inga Tutisani, jailed on charges of treason for sending text messages. (RFE/RL, 16/11)

On 16/11 immigration police raided Novaya gazeta. Staff learned of the raid from Ren-TV. (The Moscow Times, 16/11)

Aleksei Navalny
On night 11/11, Konstantin Zykov, coordinator of Navalny's office in Sochi, was attacked. (Caucasian Knot, 11/11)

On 13/11 Aleksei Volkov, Navalny’s coordinator in Volgograd, was jailed for 15 days for delaying a rally. (Navalny v Putin, 13/11)

On 16/11 Navalny’s lawyer appealed to the prosecutor general to investigate whether officials sanctioned an attack on him last April. (The Moscow Times, 16/11)

On 17/11 Sergei Bespalov, Navalny’s campaign coordinator in Irkutsk, was jailed for seven days for organising an event without permission. (Navalny vs. Putin, 17/11)

Right of association
On 11/11 a Krasnodar district court upheld a fine imposed on Yana Antonova, a coordinator of Open Russia, for membership in an "undesirable organization." (Caucasian Knot, 11/11)

The Courts
On 14/11 the Supreme Court ruled parental rights should be revoked if parents make their children members of sects prohibited in Russia. (RAPSI, 14/11)

On 16/11 Igor Sechin said he had failed to show up in court when summoned twice to testify at the trial of Aleksei Ukyukayev because “[M]y main task is to fulfill my duties as president of Rosneft.” (RFE/RL, 17/11)

On 17/11 five Chechen defendants standing trial in a 2-year hooliganism case, in custody since 2015, were hospitalized after slitting their wrists in court. (The Moscow Times, 17/11)

On 16/11 Sevastopol City Court sentenced Ukrainian Dmytro Shtyblykov to five years in prison on charges of attempted sabotage and illegal possession of weapons. (RFE/RL, 16/11)

Rights in Russia,
20 Nov 2017, 04:55