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2 June 2017

posted 2 Jun 2017, 10:28 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Jun 2017, 11:28 ]
NGO Head Is First Russian Charged With A Crime Under Foreign Agent Law
A human rights activist in southern Russia's Rostov region has become the first person to face criminal prosecution under the country's controversial Foreign Agent law. Human rights activist Valentina Cherevatenko told news site Mediazona that she was formally charged on June 2 with intentionally avoiding registration of her NGO, Women of the Don Union, as a foreign agent. If convicted, Cherevatenko could be sentenced to two years in prison. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [21 June 2017]

Russia's Jehovah's Witnesses Meet in Defiance of 'Extremism' Ban
As the Kremlin's crackdown on religious minorities broadens, Russia's community of Jehovah's Witnesses have taken to congregating in secret.
The low-rise building, located in Moscow’s leafy suburbs, has the look and feel of being abandoned. Its lower floors are shrouded in darkness. The doors are shuttered. The only clue that anything might be amiss is the recorded piano music that drifts out from the upper floors, audible to anybody listening carefully enough. Inside the building, out of sight on the second floor, a group of people are meeting. At first glance, the crowd seems innocuous. Some sit with children; many are elderly. They pray, read the Bible, and sing. In the eyes of the Russian government, each is an extremist threat. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [2 June 2017]

Navalny Challenges Moscow Authorities' Refusal To Allow Protest In City Center
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is pushing back against the Moscow authorities' proposal that he hold a protest planned for June 12 at a location outside the city center. In a video posted on his YouTube channel on June 1, Navalny criticized city officials who denied organizers permission to hold a march down Moscow's main thoroughfare, Tverskaya Street, and a rally on Okhotny Ryad near the Kremlin. He accused the officials of "boorishness." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [2 June 2017]

Chechen Accused Of Plotting To Kill Putin Survives Shooting In Kyiv
An assassination attempt on a Chechen man whom Russian authorities accuse of plotting to kill President Vladimir Putin failed in Kyiv on June 1 after the victim’s wife returned gunfire and wounded the would-be assassin. Adam Osmayev sustained two gunshot wounds to the chest before his wife, Amina Okuyeva, fired four shots back at the alleged shooter, hitting him in the arm, leg, and hip, Kyiv police said. Both of the men are said to be in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [2 June 2017]

Putin: Package of proposals on judicial system improvement agreed
Russian President Vladimir Putin said during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday that a package of proposals for improvement of the country’s judicial system had been agreed. The given initiatives have been drafted and discussed involving experts and the Supreme Court’s senior staff, Putin added. [...]
Source: RAPSI [2 June 2017]

Historians link shooting in Novocherkassk with formation of dissident movement
The shooting of the mutiny in Novocherkassk in June 1962 led to stronger fight against dissent and the revival of the atmosphere of fear in the country; however, it also contributed to the emergence of a strong dissident movement – this was stated by the historians interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot". The reaction of the authorities to the mutiny was extremely politicized, and years later resulted in the collapse of the USSR, they noted. On June 1 and 2, 1962, in Novocherkassk, the Rostov Region, there were massive unrests among workers of one of the factories. They were severely suppressed by KGB and army troops. According to official data, 26 people were killed, and more than 80 were wounded. The precondition for the Novocherkassk conflict was in the failed policy of Nikita Khrushchev – the workers' strike expressed dissatisfaction of citizens with the events in the USSR, said Alexei Makarov, a historian and a member of the Association of Russian Society Researchers. Alexander Daniel, a historian and a member of the board of the "Memorial" Society, recalled that "similar unrest occurred in 1961 in the cities of Murom and Krasnodar." [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [1 June 2017]
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