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5 September 2017

posted 5 Sep 2017, 12:03 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 5 Sep 2017, 12:27 ]
Report: Belarus Bars Chechen Woman From Fleeing To Norway
The independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports that Belarusian authorities have detained a woman from Russia's Chechnya region who was attempting to flee to Norway after receiving threats, and handed her over to a man who claimed to be her father. According to Novaya Gazeta, Luiza Dudurkayeva fled Chechnya in June after she was threatened when a photograph of her was posted on a social-media account that criticized Chechen women and girls for refraining from wearing traditional Islamic clothing. Russian human rights activists helped Dudurkayeva, 22, obtain a Norwegian refugee visa in late August, the report said. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [5 September 2017]

Former Russian Governor Belykh Pleads Not Guilty As Trial Starts
Nikita Belykh, the liberal former governor of Russia's Kirov region, pleaded not guilty as his trial on a bribe-taking charge got under way in Moscow on September 5. Belykh called the charges against him "absurd" and told the court he is "absolutely not guilty." "Everything that is happening here is a police provocation," Belykh said. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [5 September 2017]

Putin Denies Embezzlement Case Is Attempt to Silence Serebrennikov
President Vladimir Putin on Monday denied that embezzlement charges against Kirill Serebrennikov were an attempt to silence the high-profile theater director. If authorities wanted to suppress Serebrennikov’s work, "they would simply not give him any state money,” Putin said at the BRICS summit in China. “That's the end of it.” The artistic director of Russia’s leading avant-garde theater, the Gogol Center, has been accused of embezzling 68 million rubles ($1.1 million) from Culture Ministry funds in a case that is widely suspected to be politically motivated. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [5 September 201]

Rosneft head Sechin signs statement claiming Ulyukayev tried to extort $2 mln
Head of Russia’s largest oil corporation Rosneft Igor Sechin has signed a statement forwarded to the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) chief claiming that ex- economy minister Alexey Ulyukayev tried to extort $2 million, the case documents read on Tuesday. According to Sechin, Ulyukayev demanded money for allowing Rosneft to privatize Bashneft oil company. The statement was read out by a prosecutor during the trial of Ulyukayev, who stands charged with extorting a $2 million bribe. [...]
Source: RAPSI [5 September 2017]