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5 May 2017

posted 5 May 2017, 12:02 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 May 2017, 12:37 ]
Putin Vows To Discuss Alleged Abuse Of Gay Men In Chechnya With Top Officials
President Vladimir Putin says he will speak to top law enforcement officials about reports alleging a campaign of abuse targeting gay men in Russia's southern Chechnya region, which he suggested may be nothing more than "rumors." Putin’s pledge during a May 5 meeting with Kremlin human rights commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova in Moscow comes amid mounting international pressure over the alleged torture and killing of gay men in Chechnya, first reported last month by the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. [...]

Source: RFE/RL [5 May 2017]

"Life" denies data of "Novaya Gazeta" about gay prison in Argun
A month after the publication by the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" of an article about a "prison" for gays, the chief of the Argun police showed journalists of the "Life" the building, which was discussed in the article. At present, the building looks abandoned. Meanwhile, not all of its territory was shown in photographs and videos. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 1, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" published a material on mass detentions and killings in Chechnya of men suspected of unconventional sexual orientation. On April 4, the "Novaya Gazeta" reported on a "secret prison" for gays in Argun, and another similar prison was reported by the "Radio Liberty". [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [4 May 2017]

Russian Police Probe Radical Pro-Kremlin Group Over Navalny Attack
The leader of a radical pro-Kremlin group says police plan to question him and his colleagues over an attack on Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny that has impaired his eyesight. Igor Beketov, leader of a group calling itself the South East Radical Block (SERB), told RFE/RL on May 5 that Moscow police contacted him "a few days ago" concerning the April 27 attack in which Navalny's face was splashed with a green antiseptic. "They said that we'd be called in for questioning," Beketov, an actor who goes by the nom de guerre Gosha Tarasevich, said in a conversation via the popular Russian social-networking site VKontakte. [...]

Source: RFE/RL [author: Carl Shreck; 5 May 2017]

Russian Internet Watchdog Issues Another Warning to Liberal Outlet 'The New Times'
Yevgeniya Albats, editor-in-chief of liberal Russian publication The New Times, says has she received a warning from Russia's internet watchdog Roskomnadzor following an article about a former Russian soldier who went to fight alongside jihadi groups in Syria. Roskmonadzor said the material "showed signs of justifying terrorism." According to Russian law, two warnings from Roskomnadzor within one year are enough for the watchdog to request a court to revoke a media organization of its registration. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [5 May 2017]

Popular Chinese messenger blocked in Russia
Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked popular Chinese messenger WeChat and its website, the RosKomSvoboda NGO announced on its website on Friday. The service was blacklisted because of denial to recognize itself as organizer of information distribution and provide Russian authorities with information on its users, the statement reads. Earlier, such messaging services as BlackBerry Messenger, Imo and Line, Vchat audiovisual chat and Zello push-to-talk application have been blacklisted for the same reason. The services reportedly failed to follow regulations for organizers of information dissemination and give the data on users to Russia’s law enforcement authorities. [...]
Source: RAPSI [5 May 2017]

Nyetflix and Dill: Putin Signs Law Regulating Foreign Online Streaming Services
Vladimir Putin signed into law on Monday a bill that will severely restrict foreign streaming services’ access to the Russian market, a move experts say is the culmination of an intense lobbying campaign waged by domestic providers. The law, which was approved by Russia's two legislative bodies, the Federative Council and the State Duma, in April, is designed to support Russian streaming services by squeezing foreign providers like Netflix, Apple TV, and Google Play: it stipulates that online audio-visual services can only be registered to Russians who do not have dual citizenship and that foreigners can own more than 20 percent of a service only if less than 50 percent of its users are located in Russia and a government commission approves it. [...]
Source: Global Voices [5 May 2017]