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4 May 2017

posted 4 May 2017, 10:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 May 2017, 10:09 ]
Kremlin Critic Navalny Says Russia Stops Him Traveling Abroad
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Thursday that authorities in Russia were stopping him going abroad to seek urgent medical treatment after an attack that left him mostly blind in one eye. Navalny said the authorities had unexpectedly issued him with an international passport of the kind Russians need to travel abroad after refusing to do so for the last five years. That had given him the impression he could fly to a foreign clinic to get treatment for a chemical burn that has robbed him of most of his sight in his right eye after an assailant threw green liquid in his face on April 27, he said. But he said a senior official from the country's prison service had phoned his lawyer on Thursday to say that Navalny could not travel abroad because of an embezzlement conviction against him. [...]
Source: The New York Times [via Reuters; 4 May 2017]

Russian Protest Artist Pavlensky, Partner Get Political Asylum In France
Russian protest performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky has received political asylum in France. Pavlensky's lawyer, Dominique Beyreuther Minkov, told AFP news agency on May 4 that Pavlensky and his partner, Oksana Shalygina, received the status of political refugees. Shalygina confirmed that to Russia's Dozhd TV (TV Rain). Pavlensky and Shalygina left Russia for France with their children in January, after they were questioned by investigators upon arrival from Warsaw on December 14. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [4 May 2017]

Russian City Under Fire Over Paper's Homophobic Slur, Blames Hackers For 'False' Apology
A Russian city administration has backed its official newspaper in an escalating dispute over a homophobic slur and accused hackers of breaching its website to publish a fake apology. The scandal in the Artic city of Murmansk erupted in late March when the city government's official print publication, Vecherny Murmansk, published an opinion piece calling local opposition activists "militant faggots." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [author: Carl Shreck; 4 may 2017]

Half of Russians Consider Themselves To Be Poor, Study Finds
Half or Russians believe that they are poor — even though under 15 percent officially qualify as impoverished, a new study has concluded. Researchers at Russia's Higher School of Economics found that 50.4 percent of Russians think that they are living in poverty. That number is three times higher than the actual poverty statistics. The Federal State Statistics Service estimates the number of Russians living in poverty at 13.5 percent. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [4 May 2017]