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1 May 2017

posted 1 May 2017, 11:00 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 1 May 2017, 11:32 ]
Russian Protesters Call On Putin To Leave
Dozens of people were detained in Russia on April 28 while taking part in a nationwide protest campaign known as "We're Sick Of Him" and "Enough!" The protesters were calling for President Vladimir Putin to retire from politics and to refrain from running for reelection next year. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [29 April 2017]

Russian TV Network Shows Video Of Navalny Attack With Assailant's Face Blurred
A Russian television network has published a video of the attack on opposition leader Aleksei Navalny in which the face of the assailant is blurred, drawing fire from the activist who says his vision may be permanently damaged after the incident. The video showing an unidentified man splashing a green antiseptic, known as "zelyonka," on Navalny’s face first appeared on the website of Russia’s REN-TV network on April 28, one day after the attack. [...]

Source: RFE/RL [author: Carl Shreck; 30 April 2017]

Navalny's Supporters Track Down His Attackers, As Police Dawdle
As Moscow police have dawdled over their investigation into a chemical attack on April 27 against opposition leader Alexei Navalny, ordinary Internet users have already unmasked two of the men apparently involved. On Sunday, the pro-Kremlin television network REN-TV released footage showing the attack, evidently filmed by someone who may have known about it in advance. In the video, the faces of the attacker and a bystander are blurred. This Monday, Navalny supporter Eugene Bryzgalin revealed that Ren-TV’s website actually contained another three versions of the same video clip, including one version that revealed the face of the second man in the footage. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [1 May 2017]

Someone Is Blinding Russian Opposition Activists With Chemicals
Two Russian opposition activists have partially lost their sight after unidentified assailants hurled liquid chemicals in their eyes. In both cases, the activists and their doctors are concerned that the damage may be irreparable. On April 27, an attacker hurled a caustic green antiseptic known as zelyonka in opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s face as he was leaving the office of his Anti-Corruption Foundation. Doctors subsequently diagnosed Navalny with a “chemical burn in his right eye.” Navalny later stated that there was a risk his vision would not recover. The next day, Natalya Fyodorova, a Moscow-based activist from the Yabloko opposition party, was hospitalized after an attacker hurled a “chemical solution” in her eyes. Several days later, she can still only see out of one eye and “feels poorly,” says Sergei Mitrokhin, head of the Moscow branch of Yabloko. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [author: Matthew Kupfer; 1 May 2017]

Russian Activist Jailed Over Letters Submitted To Putin
A Russian opposition activist has been jailed for organizing a letter-writing campaign urging, in part, President Vladimir Putin not to run for a fourth term next year. Authorities in Russia's Tatarstan region say Darya Kulakova, 23, violated a law on public demonstrations and disobeyed police in connection with the public submission of letters to Putin's regional reception office. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [30 April 2017]

Russian LGBT Activists Detained After Chechnya Protests
Several LGBT activists were detained on St. Petersburg’s central Nevsky Prospekt for waving rainbow flags and chanting “Kadyrov to The Hague,” the Fontanka news agency reported. Their slogan is a reference to the ongoing persecution of gays in the Chechen republic, headed by strongman Ramzan Kadyrov. According to Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper, 100 people have been detained for being gay. Many were reportedly tortured in the secretive prisons while three are believed to have died in detention. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [1 May 2017]

On April 24-30, 12 people fell victim to armed conflict in Northern Caucasus
During the week from April 24 to April 30, 2017, at least twelve persons suffered in the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus: one of them was killed and eleven others were injured. These are the results of the calculations run by the "Caucasian Knot" based on its own materials and information from other open sources. The casualty is a civilian from Dagestan. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [1 May 2017]