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Week-ending 20 October 2017

Right of assembly
On 18/10 a court jailed Aleksei Politikov, who took part in the March 26 Moscow rally, for two years.(RAPSI, 18/10)

Aleksei Navalny
On 17/10 the ECtHR ruled Aleksei Navalny and his brother Oleg were unfairly convicted of financial crimes at trial in the so-called Yves Rocher case in 2014. (RFE/RL, 17/10)

On 17/10 Ella Pamfilova, chair of the Central Electoral Commission, said Aleksei Navalny will not be eligible to run for office until about 2028. (RFE/RL, 17/10)

On 18/10 reports said in Khabarovsk a school director reportedly warned a 15-year-old student the security services would look into his support for Navalny. (RFE/RL, 18/10)

On 20/10 a court ruled immigration officials were correct to refuse asylum to journalist Ali Feruz. (RFE/RL, 20/10)

Freedom of expression
On 16/10 a Moscow court fined Telegram 800,000 roubles for refusing to give security services decoding data targeting six phone numbers. (RFE/RL, 16/10; The Moscow Times, 18/10)

On 18/10 a court jailed journalist Aleksandr Batmanov for 25 months in a strict regime prison on charges of stealing sausage from a supermarket. (EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, 18/10)

On 19/10 reports said Krasnodar poet Maksim Drozdov is being investigated for insulting atheists’ feelings. (RFE/RL, 19/10)

On 20/10 Darya Polyudova, imprisoned for Internet posts criticizing Russian policy on Ukraine, was released from prison after serving a two-year sentence. (RFE/RL, 20/10)

LGBT rights
On 16/10 Maksim Lapunov alleged that he was kidnapped and tortured in Chechnya’s ‘gay purge.’ (The Guardian, 16/10)

On 16/10 the Russian LGBT Network alleged disappeared Chechen singer Zelimkhan Bakayev had been detained by the authorities during a campaign against gay men. (RFE/RL, 16/10)

On 18/10 Evdokia Romanova was heavily fined for posting links to LGBTI-related stories on social media. (Amnesty International, 18/10)

On 16/10 reports said Oleg Sentsov has been moved to the ‘White Bear’ Prison Colony No. 8 in Labytnangi, north of the Arctic Circle. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 16/10)

On 19/10 reports said Ukrainian Roman Terkovsky has been arrested on charges relating to the Ukrainian organization Right Sector. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 19/10)

Rights in Russia,
23 Oct 2017, 03:43