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Week-ending 22 June 2018

Crimea / Ukraine
On 18/6 reports said the Ukrainian ombudswoman was not allowed to meet Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko in a Moscow detention centre or Oleg Sentsov and Mykola Karpyuk in prison. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 18/6; RFE/RL, 19/6)

On 19/6 a court sentenced Ukrainian Mykola Dadey to 18 months in jail for supposedly ‘encouraging participation in an extremist organization’. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 19/6)

On 19/6 Mikhail Fedotov asked the prison service to ensure the well-being of Ukrainian Aleksandr Kolchenko. (RAPSI, 19/6)

On 19/6 a court in Crimea convicted five Crimean Tatar activists of taking part in "mass disturbances" in February 2014 and gave them suspended prison sentences. (RFE/RL, 19/6)

On 20/6 Raime Primova, mother of Crimean Tatar Nuri Primov jailed for terrorism, started a hunger strike. (RFE/RL, 21/6)

On 22/6 Oleh Sentsov’s health was reported deteriorating as he continues his hunger strike. (RFE/RL, 22/6)

Freedom of religion
On 21/6 the Presidential Human Rights Council questioned the legality of prosecuting Jehovah's Witnesses. (RFE/RL, 21/6)

Freedom of expression
On 18/6 Telegram filed a complaint with the ECtHR over the blocking of the messenger throughout the country. (RAPSI, 18/6)

On 19/6 the Committee to Protect Journalists said jailed journalist Aleksandr Valov who suffered knife wounds, should be released. (Committee for the Protection of Journalists, 19/6)

On 21/6 a Rostov-on-Don court jailed blogger Gaspar Avakyan for three days for disobeying police. (Caucasian Knot, 21/6)

On 21/6 three were fined in Chechnya for posting banned songs of Timur Mutsuraev. (Caucasian Knot, 21/6)

On 21/6 journalist Aleksandr Sokolov, convicted of extremism, filed an appeal against his 3.5-year sentence. (RAPSI, 21/6)

Right of assembly
On 19/6 Yabloko’s Sergei Mitrokhin was detained while protesting the plans to increase the pension age. (RFE/RL, 19/6)

On 20/6 Dmitry Kalinychev from Nizhny Novgorod was jailed for 25 days for holding a picket on 18/6 in defence of Ukrainian political prisoners. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 20/6)

On 20/6 Iranian activist Maryam Qashqaei Shojaei was blocked from a Kazan stadium for two hours. (The Moscow Times, 21/6)

On 21/6 the Supreme Court said ‘inconvenience’ could no longer be good reason to ban a protest. (The Moscow Times, 21/6)

Rights in Russia,
24 Jun 2018, 09:49