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5 July 2017

posted 5 Jul 2017, 14:50 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Jul 2017, 22:42 ]
Suspects In Downing Of MH17 To Be Prosecuted In Dutch Court
The Dutch Foreign Ministry says the suspects in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine will be prosecuted in a Dutch court. The ministry’s announcement on July 5 did not name the suspects in the July 17, 2014, tragedy, which killed 298 people from 17 different countries. But an international criminal investigation determined in 2016 that the MH17 passenger jet was shot down by a Buk antiaircraft missile fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [5 July 2017]

Russian State TV Discovered Using Twitter Bots to Pose as Viewers
A Russian state television channels has been exposed using bots to pose as audience members on social media during its flagship news shows. Channel One talk show “Vremya Pokazhet” launched its latest digital drive in June, promising viewers that their messages could be featured on screen if they tweeted during the show. But an investigation by Russia's Vedomosti newspaper revealed many of the tweets which appeared during the show were produced by computer-run accounts referred to as bots. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [5 July 2017]

Russia’s trial of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov chokes on hilariously inept lies
With Russia having first invaded Crimea, then set to putting those who object on trial for ‘separatism’, the ‘acquittal’ of Crimean Tatar Mejlis leader Ilmi Umerov seems most improbable. Moscow will surely find ‘judges’ ready to provide the required sentence. What it cannot achieve is any passable imitation of a trial, with this becoming clearer with every court hearing. These gatherings in a courtroom are taking place once a week, with that on July 5 the fifth to date. It should have been the most interesting so far, since the questioning was due to take place of the so-called linguist who provided the official ‘expert assessment’ of Umerov’s interview, given in the Crimean Tatar language on March 29, 2016. It had transpired at the second such hearing that the woman in question, Olga Ivanova had studied to be a translator of English and Chinese, and did not know Crimean Tatar. It was presumably for that reason that the assessment provided never mentions that the interview was in that language. There is no transcript of Umerov’s actual words. The investigator may have called the text he gave Ivanova (in Russian) a ‘transcript’, but this does not alter the fact that it was not even a competent translation. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [5 July 2017]

Russia's children's rights commissioner expects Tkachenko case to be reviewed
Oksana Tkachenko, a mother of two who received 6 years and 8 months in prison for the attempted murder of her husband, will have a chance to get back to her children if a criminal case against her is reviewed, Russia's children's rights commissioner Anna Kuznetsova told RAPSI. Earlier, the Investigative Committee Chairman Alexander Bastrykin ordered to check the rulings in the case of Tkachenko, who allegedly tried to defend herself and her son from the former husband. [...]
Source: RAPSI [5 July 2017]

Why Russia needs a feminist revolution
Earlier this year, the Russian legislature passed a law that decriminalizes domestic violence. Russia is one of only three countries in Europe and Central Asia (along with Armenia and Uzbekistan) that does not have specific laws addressing domestic violence. Although President Vladimir Putin signed the bill into law in February, it has only taken effect as of July 1. The law releases husbands from criminal responsibility — with some minor exceptions — for acts of physical violence against their spouses. [...]
Source: The Washington Post [5 July 2017]

Manifestation of humanism: experts comment on pretrial restraint law
The introduction of a fast-track pretrial restraint review for severely ill suspects should ease overcrowding in pre-trial detention centers, experts told RAPSI on Wednesday. In early July, President Vladimir Putin signed a law stipulating that decisions on replacement of pretrial custody with another restraint should be taken by inquiry officers, investigators, or courts in charge of respective cases not later than within three days after receiving copies of medical assessment reports issued in custodial facilities, as a document published on the official website of judicial acts reads. [...]
Source: RAPSI [5 July 2017]

In Astrakhan, Court fines supporter of Alexei Navalny
The Kirov District Court of Astrakhan has considered the case against Boris Kolomin, whom the police recognized as an organizer of a walk around the city of Alexei Navalny's supporters held on June 12. The activist was fined by 10,000 roubles. Meanwhile, Boris Kolomin himself announced his intention to challenge the Court's decision. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Astrakhan Mayor's Office did not sanction the rally to be held by the Alexei Navalny's supporters on June 12. However, they held their action in the form of a walk along the central streets of the city. About 500 people took part in the action. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [5 July 2017]

In Krasnodar, Alexei Navalny's office reports attack of President Putin's supporters
On July 4, the Alexei Navalny's office in Krasnodar was smashed as a result of an attack by members of the community who called themselves "Putin's Brigades". The activists filed a complaint to the police. The Alexei Navalny's office in Krasnodar reported about the attack on his page in Twitter on July 4. [,,,]

Source: Caucasian Knot [5 July 2017]

MIA announces absence of claims against Murad Amriev
After a re-check of the information that Murad Amriev is included in the federal wanted list, it has turned out that the athlete was removed from the wanted list. This was reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for the Stavropol Territory. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [5 July 2017]

Sister of man sentenced for attack on Nalchik complains about his torture in penal colony
Aminat Khupsergenova, a resident of Kabardino-Balkaria, has appealed to the Russian General Prosecutor, the chief of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (known as FSIN), the leader of the "Committee for Civil Rights", and to the chairman of the Kabardino-Balkarian regional human rights centre with a complaint about violation of the Khasanbi Khupsergenov's rights. Aminat Khupsergenova has reported that Khasanbi Khupsergenov and his brother Akhmed Khupsergenov were sentenced in the case of an attack on Nalchik. They are serving their sentences in a penal colony in the KrasnoyarskTerritory, Aminat Khupsergenova noted. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [5 July 2017]

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