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2 May 2017

posted 2 May 2017, 10:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 May 2017, 11:19 ]
Navalny Accuses Police Of Failing To Investigate Attack
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny says he is filing official complaints contending that Moscow police are not investigating an attack against him. Navalny wrote on his website on May 2 that he had lost 80 percent of the sight in his right eye after an assailant splashed a green antiseptic known as "zelyonka" on his face outside the office of his Anticorruption Foundation on April 27. He said his doctor believes there was also a second corrosive substance in the liquid that was used in the attack, but that "there is hope" that the lost eyesight will be restored. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [2 May 2017]

Navalny attacker led 2014 attempt to repeat Donbas seizure of power in Kharkiv
The man believed responsible for a chemical attack on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was almost certainly a leader of the aborted attempt in 2014 to seize control in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and form a so-called ‘Kharkiv people’s republic’, like the Kremlin-backed formations in Donbas. The Russian police have shown no interest in identifying and apprehending the man whose attack on April 27 may have left Navalny blind in one eye. Bloggers and journalists have proven much more active. There is video footage here of the suspected assailant shortly before the attack, and Yevgeny Bryzgalin examined the REN-TV video footage showing the attack and the assailant fleeing. The TV station, which has often produced anti-opposition programs, chose to blur the attacker’s face, however there are varying degrees of concealment. In general, the man’s build and specific items of clothing suggest it is Petrunko, and certainly Navalny himself seems in no doubt. Hurling green ink is common in Russia, but in this case the doctors believe that the ink must have been laced with some more corrosive chemical substance. Navalny accuses the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin’s administration of being behind the attack. Yes, others carried it out, but those others are always provided with suspiciously detailed information about his movements. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [author: Halya Coynash; 2 May 2017]

Moscow Police Investigate Reports Of Discarded Body Fragments
Moscow police say they are investigating reports that fragments of the bodies of Kyrgyz citizens were found in a dumpster in the Russian capital. The May 2 statement came hours after the Kyrgyz Embassy in Moscow said it had lodged formal requests for the Moscow police, prosecutor's office, and Investigative Committee to provide detailed information regarding the situation. Moscow police said body fragments had been found in a trash receptacle on April 24 and indicated that they had been thrown away by a detective after forensic tests. Media reports said on May 1 that several human bones, fragments of skin, and hair found in the dumpster might be parts of the bodies of four Kyrgyz citizens killed in a traffic accident in January. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [2 May 2017]

Four messaging services blocked in Russia
Four messaging services have been blocked in Russia by the communications regulator Roskomnadzor, the RosKomSvoboda NGO announced on its website on Tuesday. Websites and IP addresses of BlackBerry Messenger, Imo and Line messengers and Vchat audiovisual chat have been blacklisted after the services’ refusal to provide the Russian authorities with information concerning their users, the statement reads. Moreover, messengers declined to recognize themselves as organizers of distributing information. Earlier, Roskomnadzor blocked Zello, a free push-to-talk application for smartphones, tablets, and PCs. The service failed to follow regulations for organizers of information dissemination and give the data on users to Russia’s law enforcement authorities. [...]
Source: RAPSI [2 May 2017]

ECtHR awards €95,000 to three Russian citizens for ill-treatment by police
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday awarded €95,000 in compensation to three Russian nationals, who had complained of ill-treatment by police. The court also ordered Russia to pay applicants €3,200 in respect of costs and expenses. ECHR held that Russian authorities had violated Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights that prohibits torture and "inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." Complaints were filed with the Strasbourg court between 2009 and 2014. Applicants insisted that “after their arrest on suspicion of having committed crimes, they had been subjected to ill-treatment by the police in order to force them to confess to the crimes and that no effective investigation into their complaints had been carried out,” according to court papers. [...]
Source: RAPSI [2 May 2017]

Bill on ratification of protocol over ECHR subsidiarity signed into law
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on ratification of the protocol №. 15, introducing changes to the European Convention on Human Rights and modifying the role of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the official website of legal information reads on Tuesday. The State Duma ratified the protocol on April 12 and the Federation Council approved the ratification on April 26. New changes indicate that the court has a subsidiary role in relation to national courts and that governments have certain freedoms when it comes to implementation of the Convention on a national level. [...]
Source: RAPSI [2 May 2017]
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