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Week-ending 4 May 2018

Oyub Titiev
On 4/5 the Supreme Court of Chechnya rejected an appeal by Oyub Titiev against the extension of his pretrial detention until 9/6. (RFE/RL, Amnesty International, 4/5)

Freedom of expression
On 30/4 20 independent rights groups condemned the Russian authorities’ blocking of Telegram. (Human Rights Watch, 30/4)

On 1/5 thousands protested in Moscow and St. Petersburg against the government ban on Telegram. (RFE/RL, 1/5)

On 3/5 Roskomnadzor said it has blocked 50 digital tools enabling access to Telegram. (The Moscow Times, 4/5)

On 3/5 communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov said a court may block the Viber messaging app. (RFE/RL, 3/5)

On 4/5 blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov said appeals by his relatives to him to stop criticizing the authorities had been made under pressure. (Caucasian Knot, 4/5)

Right of assembly
On 1/5 dozens of activists with disabilities were reportedly violently arrested in Moscow. (The Moscow Times, 1/5)

On 1/5 activists in St. Petersburg were arrested and fined for waving non-Russian flags. (The Moscow Times , 3/5)

On 4/5 supporters of Aleksei Navalny in several cities were detained a day before banned planned ‘He’s Not Our Tsar’ protests against President Putin. (RFE/RL, AI, 4/5)

Freedom of conscience
On 3/5 a St. Petersburg court ruling entered into force allowing the seizure of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ property. (RAPSI, 3/5)

Right to life
On 4/5 FSB office s shot dead two men in Stavropol region as they were being detained. (Caucasian Knot, 4/5)

On 30/4 Crimean Tatar Uzeir Abdullaev, denied hospitalization, was moved to the remand prison medical unit for treatment. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 1/5)

On 30/4 hunger-striking Volodymyr Balukh, a pro-Kyiv activist jailed in Crimea, was reported in poor health. (RFE/RL, 30/4)

On 3/5 the Supreme Court of Crimea upheld the conviction of Crimean Tatar activist Suleiman Kadyrov. (RFE/RL, 3/5)

On 3/5 Crimean Tatar businessman Refat Chubarov was arrested on unknown charges and taken to the FSB’s Lefortovo prison in Moscow. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 3/5) 

On 4/5 Crimean activist Ihor Movenko was jailed for two years over pro-Ukrainian comments on social media. (RFE/RL, 5/5)

Rights in Russia,
7 May 2018, 11:09