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Week-ending 27 October 2017

Freedom of expression
On 23/10 Ekho Moskvy presenter Tatyana Felgengauer was stabbed in the neck at her place of work. A suspect was arrested. (Human Rights Watch, 23/10; RAPSI, 24/10)

On 25/10 journalists Oleg Kashin and Aleksandr Plyushchev said they will sue the FSB over its demand that Telegram hand over encryption keys. (RFE/RL, 25/10)

On 26/10 the Constitutional Court ruled email providers must uphold privacy of correspondence. (RAPSI, 26/10)

On 27/10 the chief editor of Ekho Moskvy said one of the radio station’s leading producers Ksenia Larina had fled Russia out of concern for her safety. (RFE/RL, 27/10)

Right of assembly / Activists
On 22/10 Aleksei Navalny addressed supporters in Astrakhan hours after his release from serving a 20-day term for organizing unsanctioned protests. (RFE/RL, 23/20)

On 23/10 three activists were detained in Moscow for sticking a poster reading "Putin will answer for 'Nord-Ost'!" outside the White House. (Caucasian Knot, 27/10)

On 24/10 a court in Sochi jailed Konstantin Gudimov and Olesya Khristosenko for taking part in unauthorized rallies for 12 and eight days respectively. Gudimov declared a hunger strike in protest. (RFE/RL, 25/10; Caucasian Knot, 24/10)

On 24/10 activist Aleksei Stroganov died two months after he had been victim of an assault. (RFE/RL, 25/10)

Prisons / Law enforcement
On 24/10 the ECtHR awarded €50,000 compensation to Nikolai Devyatkin for torture. (RAPSI, 24/10)

On 25/10 Amnesty International reported on inhumane prison transportation conditions. (Amnesty International, 25/10)

On 25/10, a court upheld the detention of two police officers over the death of detainee Stanislav Golovko. (RFE/RL, 26/10)

On 27/10 Memorial expressed “serious fears” gay pop star Zelimkhan Bakayev may have been killed in Chechnya’s crackdown on the gay community. (The Guardian, 27/10)

On 25/10 jailed Crimean Tatar leaders Akhtem Chiygoz and Ilmi Umerov were released and travelled to Turkey. They vowed to return to Crimea. (RFE/RL, 25/10, 27/10)

On 23/10 the FSB charged Crimean Tatar activist Suleiman Kadyrov with separatism. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 23/10)

On 24/10 Pussy Riot carried out a protest in support of jailed filmmaker Oleh Sentsov in New York. (RFE/RL, 24/10)

Rights in Russia,
30 Oct 2017, 06:13