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3 May 2017

posted 3 May 2017, 13:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 3 May 2017, 14:07 ]
Daghestan Head Faces Ire Over Remarks About 'Pretty Girls' And 'Cows'
The veteran politician who heads Russia's Daghestan region is facing criticism after suggesting that some school employees in the North Caucasus republic look like "cows." After a hail of criticism targeting Ramazan Abdulatipov on social media, a lawmaker in Daghestan took the regional leader to task with a one-man protest on the central square in the capital, Makhachkala, on May 3. Along with a poster denouncing bribery, Communist lawmaker Marat Aslanov held a sign featuring verses from beloved Daghestani poet Rasul Gamzatov, who died in 2003. Next to a verse that hails "the women of mountains," the words "fat cows" were written in red and crossed out. Aslanov said that he was protesting against recent statements by Abdulatipov. At a meeting with education officials on April 26, Abdulatipov urged school principals to hire "pretty girls" as deputies and complained that "now you come to a school and see only cows there." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [3 May 2017]

Russian Court Upholds Navalny's Latest Embezzlement Verdict
A Russian court has upheld an embezzlement verdict against opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, a politically charged ruling that will strengthen the government's case for keeping him out of next year's presidential election if President Vladimir Putin doesn't want him to run. Navalny and co-defendant Pyotr Ofitserov were not present at the May 3 hearing at the regional court in the city of Kirov, about 800 kilometers northeast of Moscow. They were represented by their lawyers. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [3 May 2017]

Russian Vice Principal Threatens to Seize Students From Their Homes for Supporting Navalny
In what has become a familiar trend of teachers berating students for supporting Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the deputy director of a school outside Moscow berated students for supporting Alexei Navalny. Once again, the students on the receiving end of the tirade recorded the incident and published the audio online. In this particular instance, Vladimir School 15 deputy director Tatyana Ageeva went so far as to threaten to call child services and have her students seized from their homes for visiting Navalny’s local campaign office, according to the Vladimir media outlet Zebra TV. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [3 May 2017]

In Astrakhan, Court confirms legality of refusal to sanction anti-corruption action
The Astrakhan Regional Court has dismissed an appeal against the decision of the Kirov District Court of Astrakhan to recognize as lawful the refusal of the Astrakhan City Mayor's Office to sanction an anti-corruption rally. Activists intend to challenge the decision of the Astrakhan Regional Court. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [3 May 2017]

Court upholds verdicts to two participants of anti-corruption action in Sochi
The Krasnodar Territorial Court has refused to satisfy the appeal lodged by Konstantin Gudimov and Suren Edigarov, who have served their administrative arrest after the action in Sochi on April 16. 
The "Caucasian Knot" reported that on April 16 ten activists went to an anti-corruption action in the "Hyde Park" in the town of Khosta, where eight of them were detained. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [2 May 2017]