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3 July 2017

posted 3 Jul 2017, 11:37 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 3 Jul 2017, 13:28 ]
Putin Signs Bill Authorizing Demolition of 4,500 Moscow Apartment Buildings
Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 1 signed a controversial law authorizing the demolition of thousands of Soviet-era Moscow apartment buildings, forcing the relocation of hundreds of thousands of residents. The legislation was approved by lawmakers on June 14 in the 450-seat lower house of parliament by a vote of 399-2. The upper chamber Federation Council adopted the legislation on June 28 and the text was published on July 1. Plans to implement the law brought thousands of protesters to the streets in central Moscow in May and again in June after the Duma approved the bill. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [1 July 2017]

Bill on blocking mirror websites signed into law
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on blocking copies of websites containing illegal information (mirror websites), according to the document published on the official website of judicial acts. The State Duma passed the bill on June 23 and the Federation Council adopted it on June 28. The law was drafted based on examination of practice of blocking forever websites, which repeatedly and illegally distributed information containing objects of copyright and (or) related rights, or information required for procurement thereof with the use of data telecommunications networks. The examination has revealed some deficiencies including inapplicability of prompt measures regarding automatically created “mirrors” of the blocked websites. [...]
Source: RAPSI [3 July 2017]

Instagram users associate arson of judge's car in Makhachkala with her work
The judge of the Sovietsky District Court of Makhachkala, whose car was burned down in Kerimov Street at night on June 30, had participated in many high-profile trials, namely: the case of Badrudin Musaev, a son of Makhachkala Mayor; the arrest of Imam Magomednabi Magomedov; the assassination case of Gasanguseinov brothers, and trials on complicity to militants. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Nissan X-Trail car, owned by Judge Patimat Makhatilova, was set on fire by an unidentified person. The car costing 1.5 million roubles burned down completely, the Dagestani Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) reports. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [3 July 2017]

Rights defenders are sure of Ageyev's return to his homeland
Russia will do everything possible to protect Victor Ageyev, who was detained in Ukraine, said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian President. Sergey Krivenko, a member of the Human Rights Council (HRC), is sure that Russia will soon try to exchange Ageyev for the captured Ukrainian soldiers. However, Valentina Melnikova, an activist of the Union of Committees of Soldiers' Mothers, points to low exchange rate in the conflict zone. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 27, the BBC announced that on June 24, Ukrainian militaries captured four fighters of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, including Victor Ageyev, a Russian citizen. Meanwhile, the Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has stated that Ageyev was not under his contract military service in the Rostov Region. Dmitry Peskov has called Ageyev a member of the People's Militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic, the RIA "Novosti" reports. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [30 June 2017]

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