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Week-ending 6 October 2017

European Court of Human Rights
On 3/10 the European Court of Human Rights ruled Russia had violated the rights to freedom of expression of Novaya gazeta and its correspondent Elena Milashina in relation to their coverage of the 2000 Kursk submarine sinking. (RFE/RL, 3/10)

On 3/10 the European Court of Human Rights ruled Russia had violated the right to freedom of expression of activist Stanislav Dmitrievsky in his 2006 hate-crime conviction. (RFE/RL, 4/10)

On 4/10 the Supreme Court refused to overturn the conviction of Yaroslav Belousov who participated in anti-Kremlin protests in 2012, flouting a 2016 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that Russia had violated Belousov’s rights. (The Moscow Times, 4/10)

Right of assembly
On 2/10 opposition leaders Aleksei Navalny and Leonid Volkov were sentenced to 20 days in jail for seeking to hold an “unsanctioned” demonstration. (Amnesty International, 3/10)

On 4/10 St. Petersburg city authorities refused to authorize a commemorative event for murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya. (The Moscow Times, 4/10)

On 5/10 Aleksei Navalny's election campaign chief, Leonid Volkov, was again sentenced to 20 days’ jail hours after an appeals court threw out an initial order for his jailing. (RFE/RL, 6/10)

On 5/10 the coordinator of Navalny’s presidential campaign in Rostov-on-Don, was detained. (RFE/RL, 5/10)

On 6/10 Moscow City Court rejected Aleksei Navalny's appeal against a 20-day jail term, and police searched his Moscow presidential campaign office. (RFE/RL, 6/10)

On 6/10 the authorities raided homes of opposition activists working for exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia. (The Moscow Times, 5/10)

North Caucasus
On 2/10 law enforcement officers blew up houses of alleged militants in the village of Bolshaya Zadoyevka in the Kizlyar district of Dagestan. (Caucasian Knot, 2/10)

On 6/10 relatives of Anvar Ismayilov and Rasul Radjabov, killed on 4/10 in a counterterrorist operation in the Babayurt district of Dagestan, said they were not involved in the armed underground and were kidnapped on the eve of their execution. (Caucasian Knot, 6/10)

On the night of 1-2/10 Djumageldi Adjiniyazov and Kamal Ibragimov, alleged militants involved in the 30/9 murder of a district police inspector were shot dead near the village of Kachalai in the Babayurt District of Dagestan. (Caucasian Knot, 2/106/10)

On 5/10 law enforcement agents dispersed protests by residents of Makhachkala who opposed demolition of their houses, detaining 10 protesters. (Caucasian Knot, 5/10)

On 4/10 three Crimean Tatars were remanded in custody and a fourth placed under house arrest. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 4/10)

On 4/10 the Supreme Court of Crimea extended the pre-trial detention of human rights defender Emir Usein Kuku, until 8/4/18. (Front Line Defenders, 6/10)

Rights in Russia,
8 Oct 2017, 13:34