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17 November 2017

posted 17 Nov 2017, 10:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Nov 2017, 10:43 ]

Navalny’s Irkutsk coordinator jailed for seven days
The coordinator of Alexei Navalny’s campaign headquarters in Irkutsk, Sergei Bespalov, has been jailed for seven days in a closed court session. Bespalov was convicted of organising a public event without requesting permission, despite the fact that Navalny’s rally in the city on Nov. 4 was held on private property and was ticket-only. This follows the handing out of prison sentences of varying lengths to campaign coordinators in other cities where Navalny has held rallies. It seems this will be the norm from now on, no matter what Navalny and his team do to ensure they follow the law. But it is more likely to motivate campaigners than to deter them. [...]

Source: Navalny vs. Putin [17 November 2017]

Sechin Says He'll Testify In Extortion Trial When 'We Can Agree On A Schedule'
Russian state oil company chief Igor Sechin, who was summoned twice this week to testify in an ex-economy minister's extortion trial but failed to show up, says he will appear when "we can agree on a schedule." "As for my participation in court, I will strive to fulfill the requirements of Russian law," Sechin said after a meeting at the Kremlin on November 16, according to Russian news outlet RBC. "But at this stage, my main task is to fulfill my duties as president of Rosneft. As soon as we can agree on a schedule, I will certainly fulfill the necessary conditions." Sechin was summoned twice by Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court to testify as a key witness in the trial of former Economy Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [17 November 2017]

5 Chechens on Hooliganism Charges Slit Wrists in Moscow Court
Five Chechen defendants standing trial in a 2-year hooliganism case have been reportedly hospitalized after slitting their wrists in court. One of the defendants’ lawyers told the Interfax news agency on Friday that they have been in custody since 2015. “I’m sure their nerves just snapped, this happened out of despair,” the lawyer, Shamil Yandarbayev, was cited by the Interfax news agency as saying. According to a police report dated Aug 2015, a dozen suspects were detained after a mass brawl at a restaurant in southern Moscow. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [17 November 2017]

Chechen authorities respond to Movsar Eskerkhanov's coming-out
The authorities of Chechnya are willing to forgive Movsar Eskerkhanov, who apologized for his interview to magazine Time. This has been reported today by Djambulat Umarov, Chechen Minister for National Policy, Foreign Relations, Press and Information. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on November 13, on the air of the Chechen TV Channel, Movsar Eskerkhanov, a native of Chechnya, who tried to obtain refugee status in Germany, apologized to the authorities of Chechnya. The man has explained that he was forced to publicly confess to homosexuality by Western journalists, aimed at "disgracing Chechens." [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [16 November 2017]

16 November 2017

posted 16 Nov 2017, 09:30 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Nov 2017, 09:41 ]

Russian-Appointed Judges In Occupied Crimea Convict Ukrainian As 'Saboteur'
Russian-appointed court officials in Ukraine’s occupied Crimean Peninsula have convicted a Ukrainian citizen on charges of attempted sabotage and illegally possessing weapons, sentencing the man to five years in prison. The Sevastopol City Court on November 16 also issued a fine of 200,000 rubles ($3,300) against Dmytro Shtyblykov. Shtyblykov was arrested in Crimea in November 2016 along with two other Ukrainian citizens, Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov. At the time of the arrests, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) accused the three of being members of a Ukrainian "saboteur group from the main intelligence directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [16 November 2017]

Russian Court Shortens Prison Term For 'Treason' Text Messages
Russia's Supreme Court has reduced by almost two years the prison sentence for Inga Tutisan, a Russian woman convicted of high treason for sending text messages to Georgian acquaintances about the movement of Russian Navy ships in the Black Sea after the brief 2008 Russian-Georgian war. Tutisani's lawyer, Ivan Pavlov, said the court's November 16 ruling means Tutisani will be released in 10 days. Tutisani, a resident of Russia's Black Sea resort city of Sochi, was arrested in October 2013 and sentenced in 2014 to six years in prison. The trial court found her guilty of sending text messages about Russian ship movements near Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia a year after the August 2008 war. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [16 November 2017]

Kremlin TV Reports Raid on Newspaper Office Before Police Show Up
Immigration police raided the office of Russia’s independent investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, whose staff first learned of the raid from the government-controlled channel Ren-TV. Ren-TV is often the first to break news of crackdowns on figures critical of the Kremlin. Novaya reported on Thursday that its Moscow office was raided by immigration police, noting that Ren-TV ran the segment before authorities even arrived on the scene. “It’s noteworthy that the news came before the inspection itself: the police weren’t even in the building at the time,” the newspaper wrote. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [16 November 2017]

Navalny Campaign Calls on Prosecutors to Investigate Police Collusion with His Attackers
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s lawyer has appealed to the prosecutor general’s office to investigate the whether officials sanctioned an attack on the politician last April. Navalny was hospitalized in April after a member of the SERB nationalist group sprayed him with green antiseptic, causing a chemical injury to his eye. The opposition leader has been barred from running in next year’s presidential elections due to embezzlement convictions his supporters say is politically motivated. A former member of SERB recently claimed in an interview with the opposition-leaning Dozhd TV network that Major Alexei Okopny of the Interior Ministry's Anti-Extremism Center directed SERB’s attacks on Navalny and his supporters. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [16 November 2017]

15 November 2017

posted 15 Nov 2017, 11:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Nov 2017, 11:52 ]

Russian Justice Ministry Issues Multiple Warnings To RFE/RL As Duma Passes New Restrictions
Russia's Justice Ministry has issued warnings to at least three RFE/RL news services, as Russia's lower house of parliament passed legislation targeting foreign-funded media outlets in the country. The ministry sent letters on November 15 to RFE/RL's Russian Service and a regional news service called Ideal Reality, focusing on the central Volga region. Current Time, a Russian language TV project run by RFE/RL in cooperation with Voice of America, also received a warning. The letters did not make any specific threats, except to note that the news operations might face restrictions under the new law. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [15 November 2017]

Putin signs bill on registry of socially beneficial NGOs into law
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill granting regional governments a right to evaluate the quality of socially beneficial services provided by socially-oriented non-governmental organizations (NGOs) into law. The document has been published on the official website of legal information. The bill was adopted by the State Duma on October 27. Later in November, it was approved by the Federation Council. According to the signed law, regional bodies of Russia’s Justice Ministry will be able to acknowledge certain NGOs as providers of socially beneficial services and include them in a special registry. [...]
Source: RAPSI [15 November 2017]

Leader Of Russia's Komi Region Suspends Cancellation Of Mandatory Komi-Language Classes
The leader of Russia's northern Republic of Komi has suspended a decision by the regional branch of the Education Ministry to cancel mandatory Komi-language classes at schools. In a statement on his official website on November 15, Sergei Gaplikov said that the ministry's ruling must be reconsidered and that the opinion of the regional prosecutor's office, linguists, teachers, public organizations and federal education and science officials must be taken into account. "Issues related to learning native and state languages must be approached wisely and in a balanced way," Gaplikov said in a statement. "We have received a number of proposals; time and society's feedback are needed to assess them." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [15 November 2017]

Every Third Russian Has Paid a Bribe, Says Transparency International Survey
At least one in three Russians have paid a bribe for public services over the past year, Transparency International’s new global survey has revealed. 2017 in Russia was marked by a series of anti-corruption rallies led by opposition leader Alexei Navalny and several high-profile fraud cases implicating figures that include cabinet members and artists. The 2016 Global Corruption Barometer rated Russia as one of the most corrupt countries in Europe and Central Asia. Russian respondents said they perceived corruption as the country’s third-most pressing problem, but also said they were unlikely to report cases of bribery. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [15 November 2017]

14 November 2017

posted 14 Nov 2017, 11:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Nov 2017, 11:33 ]

Russian Lawmakers Draft Bill Targeting Foreign Media
After the Kremlin-run news channel RT capitulated to a U.S. deadline to register as a foreign agent, Russian lawmakers have drafted a bill targeting foreign news outlets in retaliation. RT’s chief editor Margarita Simonyan and the U.S. Department of Justice said the broadcaster's American branch had met a Monday deadline to register as a foreign agent. Russian officials last week vowed a speedy response to what Moscow says is a crackdown on Russian media. The State Duma on Tuesday drafted amendments to two existing laws that would label non-Russian news media “foreign agents." [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [14 November 2017]

Involving children in sects should result in revocation of parental rights – Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has ruled that parental rights should be revoked if parents make their children members of sects prohibited in Russia, the court’s plenum has stated. According to the court, involvement of children in religious or public organizations, which were liquidated or prohibited by Russian courts definitely constitutes abuse of parental rights. Similar measures should be taken when parents induce children to participate in gambling, vagrancy, begging and other similar activities. At the same time, the court notes that poor financial condition of a family is not a reason for breaking it apart. [...]

Source: RAPSI [14 November 2017]

Political Scientist Calls Kremlin Positive-News Drive ‘Idiotic’
A prominent Russian political scientist says the Kremlin’s demand that companies provide good news to feed state-run media ahead of next year’s presidential elections is “funny” and “absurd.” The Reuters news agency on Tuesday reported that the Kremlin sent a seven-page document to 45 Russian companies in the energy and utilities sector last month, detailing how they should feed the Kremlin news items that would paint the government positively. “Even in the Soviet Union there was not such an idiotic practice,” Gleb Pavlovsky told The Moscow Times on Tuesday. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [14 November 2017]

Navalny’s Volgograd coordinator gets 15 days in prison
The coordinator of Alexei Navalny’s campaign headquarters in Volgograd, Alexei Volkov, has been sentenced to 15 days in prison ostensibly for delaying his rally there on Friday for 35 minutes. Volkov was detained during the rally and held at a police station for nearly two hours, before being released and told to come to court today. Volkov is also facing criminal prosecution for his social media post of a Photoshopped picture of the statue The Motherland Calls, which commemorates the Battle of Stalingrad, with a green face in solidarity with Navalny when green chemicals were thrown at him. Navalny’s attacker has been identified as Alexander Petrunko from the aggressive Putinist SERB movement, which is coordinated by Russian police. Petrunko has not been arrested, but Volkov was initially sent into house arrest in his home city of St. Petersburg. His case is now in a hiatus because authorities want to recategorise it as something more serious than “insulting a symbol of Russia’s military glory”. [...]
Source: Navalny v Putin [13 November 2017]

13 November 2017

posted 13 Nov 2017, 10:48 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Nov 2017, 10:56 ]

Blogger Sentenced for Criticizing Russian Aid to Ukrainian Citizens
A court in St. Petersburg has sentenced a blogger for a social media post in which he criticized Russian support for Ukrainian refugees. Anatoly Pleshanov was added to a terrorism list in 2016 after he allegedly wrote an incendiary post on the popular social media site VK, the Moscow-based SOVA research center said Monday in an online statement. According to official accounts, Russia has spent at least 5 billion rubles ($84 million) on aid for Ukrainians who have fled the ongoing conflict in their country. Russia has been accused of fomenting the conflict in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and the Kiev regime following the toppling of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych — a claim Russia denies. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [13 November 2017]

Lawmaker Says Russia Working On Legislation To Label Media Outlets 'Foreign Agents'
A senior Russian lawmaker says that parliament is developing legislation under which government-supported foreign media could be deemed "foreign agents" in Russia. Andrei Isayev's remarks on November 13 followed multiple warnings from Moscow that it will respond to what it says is U.S. pressure on state-funded Russian outlets RT and Sputnik in the United States. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [13 November 2017]

Sochi: coordinator of Navalny's office beaten up
Tonight, Konstantin Zykov, the coordinator of Alexei Navalny's office in Sochi, was attacked at the entrance to the office. Zykov has noted that the police accepted his application very reluctantly. According to his story, today, at about 6:00 p.m., a man attacked him from behind not far from the entrance to the Navalny's office, located in Roz Street. The attacker took him by the left shoulder and twice punched his face, the activist told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [11 November 2017]

Court upholds fine imposed on "Open Russia" Krasnodar coordinator
The Leninsky District Court of Krasnodar has upheld the decision of the magistrate court, according to which Yana Antonova, a coordinator of the movement "Open Russia" in Krasnodar, is to pay a fine of 15,000 roubles for her membership in an "undesirable organization." The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that a case was instituted against Yana Antonova under Article 20.33 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (activities of a foreign or international NGO recognized as undesirable in the territory of Russia). On June 21, in Krasnodar, the magistrate court found the activist guilty of having relationships with the British organization of the same name, which was declared undesirable by the General Prosecutor's Office of Russia. The court pronounced the decision to fine the activist by 15,000 roubles. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [11 November 2017]

10 November 2017

posted 10 Nov 2017, 08:40 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Nov 2017, 09:24 ]

Russia Deports Belarusian For Attempting To Set Yeltsin Monument On Fire
A court in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg in the Urals has fined and ordered the deportation of a Belarusian man for an attempt to set a monument to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin on fire. The Interior Ministry's Main Directorate for the Sverdlovsk region says that a local court fined the 31-year-old man 2,000 rubles ($33) on November 9 before ordering him to be deported to Belarus. Belarusian media identified the man as Ihar Shchuka, a member of the ultraleftist party The Other Russia, which is led by firebrand Russian writer and politician Eduard Limonov. Shchuka was arrested on November 7 -- the day when Russian Communists and leftist groups marked the centennial anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution -- after throwing a Molotov cocktail at Yeltsin's monument in the late president’s native city of Yekaterinburg. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [10 November 2017]

Russian Human Rights Commissioner calls for domestic violence prevention law
Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova has spoken in favor of drafting and adopting a law on prevention of domestic violence, according to the statement released on the ombudsman’s website. Currently, there is no legislation on family violence prevention in Russia. This matter is under discussion for a long time, Moskalkova has said during an interregional human rights forum in the city of Arkhangelsk. Russia’s Ombudsman has visited a center for delivery of care to women being victims of domestic abuse in Arkhangelsk. She noted that this experiment of the Arkhangelsk region would be worthwhile for law-making. [...]
Source: RAPSI [10 November 2017]

Court upholds Chechen MIA's lawsuit against rights defenders
The "Civic Assistance" Committee, Ramazan Djalaldinov and "Novaya Gazeta" have disgraced the reputation of the Chechen Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), the Supreme Court of Chechnya has decided and refused to satisfy the rights defendants' appeal. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on August 2, 2017, the Shatoi District Court of Chechnya upheld the claim of the regional MIA branch on protection of honour, dignity and business reputation against Ramazan Djalaldinov, a resident of the village of Kenkhi, "Novaya Gazeta" and the "Civic Assistance" Committee. The Committee's lawyers appealed against the District Court's judgement. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [9 November 2017]

"Novaya Gazeta" and CPT awarded Andrei Sakharov Prize
The 2017 Andrei Sakharov Prize is awarded for the efforts of journalists and rights defenders to combat torture and other human rights violations in Russia. This has been reported today by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. On November 23, the award ceremony will be held in Oslo as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. According to the release, the ceremony will be attended by Elena Milashina, a journalist from the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta", and Olga Sadovskaya, the deputy director of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [9 November 2017]

9 November 2017

posted 9 Nov 2017, 10:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Nov 2017, 10:20 ]

Suspect In Bolotnaya Protest Flees Russia Before Trial
A Russian man accused of involvement in clashes with police at a protest on the eve of President Vladimir Putin's inauguration in 2012 says he has left the country. Speaking to Current Time TV, a Russian-language network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA, Dmitry Buchenkov said on November 9 that he is currently in a European Union country and has applied for asylum. He declined to name the country. Buchenkov said he managed to leave Russia after he was transferred from pretrial detention to house arrest in Moscow. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [9 November 2017]

Wives of Crimean Tatar Political Prisoners detained for many hours as Russia steps up terror tactics
Russia is not content with illegally imprisoning 25 Crimean Muslims on unproven charges of involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a peaceful organization that is legal in Ukraine, nor with leaving 100 children without their fathers. It has now turned to terrorizing and intimidating the wives of seven political prisoners who were detained on November 8, illegally held for many hours by FSB-controlled officers brandishing machine guns and interrogated. They were finally released late on Wednesday evening, but only after an ambulance needed to be called for one of the women. The seven women: Alime Abdullaeva; Fera Abdullaeva; Liana Bilyalova; Zaima Dzhepparova; Fatma Ismailova; Meryem Kuku and Huzal Salidinova were detained by Russian border guards at the Chaplynka-Armyansk crossing into Crimea. They were returning from the Kherson oblast where they had gone to organize official documents for their children. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [9 November 2017]

Russia wages major offensive against Crimean Tatar civic activists in occupied Crimea
One Crimean Tatar activist has been jailed for a legal solitary picket last month, another fined and several subjected to armed searches and interrogation in a new offensive against the civic initiative Crimean Solidarity and all those trying to publicize rights abuses in Russian-occupied Crimea. The moves come a month after the arrest and imprisonment of six Crimean Tatars, including prominent civic activists, on charges of ‘involvement’ in the peaceful Hizb ut-Tahrir organization which is legal in Ukraine. The searches began, as always, very early on November 8, in Bakhchysarai; Stary Krym and the Simferopol district. Five men were targeted, all Crimean Tatar activists and members of Crimean Solidarity, the initiative launched by the relatives and lawyers of men imprisoned on politically motivated charges and / or for their faith. Eldar Kantemirov; Ekrem Abdulvatov, head of the regional mejlis [self-governing body]; Alimdar (Ruslan) Belyalov and Khalid Belyalov were taken to the police station for interrogation after the illegal searches, but were eventually released. [...]

Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [9 November 2017]

Boris Stomakhin complains about custody conditions in SIZO
Boris Stomakhin, sentenced for a post about the terror acts in Volgograd, complained that he was deprived of basic necessities in SIZO (pre-trial prison). This has been reported today by his advocate. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 11, the court tightened the regime of detention for Boris Stomakhin, kept in a penal colony in the Perm Region, and replaced the serving of a sentence term in a high-security penal colony with the detention in prison. On September 21, the court of appeal upheld the decision. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [8 November 2017]

8 November 2017

posted 8 Nov 2017, 12:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 Nov 2017, 12:30 ]

Russian Supreme Court Upholds Sentence Of Former Yukos Security Chief
The Russian Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence handed down a decade ago to Aleksei Pichugin, a former security chief of the now-defunct oil company Yukos. The Supreme Court reviewed Pichugin's case after the European Court of Human Rights ruled in June that Russian authorities violated his rights during the investigation and ignored the presumption of innocence, and ordered the government to pay 15,000 euros ($17,400). Pichugin was sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after being convicted of organizing the murders of three people, including a city mayor who was pressuring Yukos to pay more taxes. He maintains his innocence. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [8 November 2017]

Moscow Court Rejects Navalny's Lawsuit Against Putin
A court in Moscow has rejected opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s lawsuit against President Vladimir Putin and his administration. A lawyer for Navalny's Anticorruption Foundation, Ivan Zhdanov, wrote on Facebook that the Tver District Court's November 8 decision would be appealed. Navalny said on November 1 that he was launching legal action against Putin and his administration, accusing the Kremlin of setting up coordinated obstacles to his campaign for Russia's March 2018 presidential election. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [8 November 2017]

Astrakhan resident accuses Moscow police of "arrest by mistake"
Sergey Marchukov, a resident of Astrakhan, was jailed for 15 days for participating in a rally held in Red Square in Moscow. According to his version, he occurred in Moscow by transit, and happened to be near the Kremlin while walking around the capital. Sergey Marchukov told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent that on that day he was waiting for his train to Astrakhan, scheduled for the evening; he already had a railway ticket on him. In order not to wait at the railway station, he decided to visit the Red Square. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [8 November 2017]

Russia To Seek Doping Whistle-Blower's Extradition From U.S.
Russia’s authorities say they will seek the extradition of Russian whistle-blower Grigory Rodchenkov, who helped orchestrate the country's state-sponsored Olympic doping program and has since fled to the United States. In a November 8 statement, the Investigative Committee said a new case was opened against Rodchenkov, and that investigators plan to demand his extradition from the United States. However, the two countries do not have an extradition treaty. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [8 November 2017]

7 November 2017

posted 7 Nov 2017, 10:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Nov 2017, 10:06 ]

Russian Activists Jailed In St. Petersburg After Rally
Six members of a Russian opposition group that mixes far-left politics with nationalism have been jailed for terms ranging from eight to 33 days after an unsanctioned rally in St. Petersburg. The Other Russia, headed by firebrand writer and politician Eduard Limonov, said on November 7 that 17 other activists from the group were fined the equivalent of $180-$270. The 23 activists were detained on November 6 in connection with the rally on St. Petersburg's main street, Nevsky Prospekt, on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 November 2017]

Russia Denies House Arrest To Ukrainian Teenager Facing Terrorism-Related Charges
A Russian court has denied a house arrest request from a Ukrainian teenager held in custody on terrorism-related charges. The Krasnodar Regional Court on November 7 upheld a lower court's decision to keep Pavlo Hryb in pretrial detention until January 4. Hryb, 19, went missing in late August after he traveled to Belarus to meet a woman he met online in what his relatives believe was a trap set by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 November 2017]

Singer Still Missing After Chechnya’s Anti-Gay Purge
Russia Should Investigate Zelim Bakaev’s Disappearance
Tomorrow marks three months since the disappearance of Zelim Bakaev, a Chechen pop-singer. On August 8, at around 6 p.m., a group of security officials approached Bakaev in central Grozny, Chechnya’s capital, and dragged him into a car. There is little doubt he was targeted because of his sexual orientation. Chechnya, which local strongman Ramzan Kadyrov runs like his own fiefdom, is a place where people pay dearly for defying “traditional” norms. [...]
Source: Human Rights Watch [7 November 2017]

Putin's National Guard to protect Russian regional leaders
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for elite soldiers in a new force - the National Guard - to protect the country's regional governors. The proposal comes in a bill that MPs are expected to approve. The parliament is dominated by MPs loyal to Mr Putin. The National Guard, launched last year, is headed by Mr Putin's ex-bodyguard Viktor Zolotov, a longstanding ally. Mr Putin has appointed 11 new governors ahead of a March presidential election. He is expected to seek a fourth term. [...]
Source: BBC [7 November 2017]

6 November 2017

posted 6 Nov 2017, 09:32 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Nov 2017, 09:33 ]

Police Detain Hundreds Of Antigovernment Protesters In Moscow, St. Petersburg
Russian authorities have detained hundreds of people after nationalists gathered in central Moscow for an antigovernment rally coinciding with celebrations of Russia's National Unity Day. The protesters are believed to be linked to self-exiled Kremlin critic Vyacheslav Maltsev, who called for a "people's revolution" to end President Vladimir Putin's rule. OVD-Info, which monitors crackdowns on demonstrations, said 448 people were detained in St. Petersburg and at the unsanctioned demonstration on Moscow's Manezh Square by the Kremlin walls on November 5. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [5 November 2017]

Police Detain Nationalists As Russians Mark National Unity Day
Police detained dozens of nationalist demonstrators in Moscow on November 4 at the Russian March coinciding with celebrations of the country's National Unity Day holiday. The crowd chanted slogans during the march such as "Who are we? Russians!" "Glory To Russia!" and "Russians go forward!" 
Source: RFE/RL [4 November 2017]

Sakharov Prize for Courage Awarded to Jailed Russian Writer of banned “Crimea is Ukraine” text
Boris Stomakhin, a Russian writer serving a six-year prison sentence in Russia for supposed ‘extremism’ has been honoured ‘For Courage’ Andrei Sakharov Committee on Journalism as an Act of Conscience The Committee, whose awards are for “activities in keeping with the values upheld by Andrei Sakharov, posted Stomakhin’s 2014 article ‘Crimea is Ukraine’ in full. In the article, Stomakhin called Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea the final straw, the border dividing two worlds, the divide between good and evil. It had been clear back in the 1990s, he wrote, that “Russia’s seizure of Crimea would be a disaster for the Crimean Tatars, the prologue to a new genocide.” [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [6 November 2017]

Russian editor arrested, allegedly injured in custody; newspaper raided
The editor-in-chief and owner of the independent, Kaliningrad-based weekly Novye Kolyosa, Igor Rudnikov, was allegedly beaten while in custody of Russia's security service (FSB) and faces criminal prosecution, according to media reports and a staff member who spoke with CPJ on condition of anonymity for safety concerns. On the night of November 1, the FSB also raided the Novye Kolyosa office, according to the media reports. [...]
Source: CPJ [3 November 2017]

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