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6 July 2017

posted 6 Jul 2017, 15:10 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 6 Jul 2017, 22:57 ]
Supporters Say Russian Police Raid Navalny Headquarters In Moscow, Elsewhere
Russian investigators have raided the Moscow election office of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, a day before he was scheduled to be released from jail, activists say. According to his supporters, about 10 police officers entered the Kremlin critic’s headquarters, seizing computers and campaign literature and sealing the doors afterward. "The Moscow headquarters have been seized,” Nikolai Lyaskin, a campaign office coordinator, said on Facebook. “The guard says investigative actions are being carried out.” [...]
Source: RFE/RL [6 July 2017]

Notorious Russian Hacker With Links To FSB Scandal Sentenced To Prison
A notorious Russian hacker whose exploits and later arrest gave glimpses into the intersection of computer crime and Russian law enforcement has been sentenced to two years in prison. The Moscow City Court issued its ruling July 6 against Vladimir Anikeyev in a decision made behind closed doors, one indication of the sensitivity of his case. Anikeyev was head of a group of hackers known as Humpty Dumpty, or Shaltai Boltai in Russian. The group was accused of intruding into e-mail accounts and computer servers of Russian government officials, including the spokeswoman for Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [6 July 2017]

Russian communications watchdog blocks several extremist websites
Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has restricted access to several extremist websites on the request of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the regulator announced on its website on Thursday. The Prosecutor General’s Office has submitted six petitions to Roskomnadzor demanding to block Internet resources popularizing ideas of national and religious hatred, pushing for extremism and threatening societal security. According to the demands of Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office, the communications watchdog is to find copies and mirrors of these websites on the Internet and restrict access to them as well, the statement reads. [...]
Source: RAPSI [6 July 2017]

Kremlin announces President Putin's willingness to discuss problems of Chechen gays with Donald Trump
During a meeting with US President Donald Trump, the Russian President is ready to answer a possible question about the persecution in Chechnya of men suspected of non-traditional sexual orientation. This was announced by Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in April, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" published the material about mass detentions in Chechnya of men suspected of non-traditional sexual orientation. Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia, has not specified to journalists about the essence of the President Putin's answer in case if the issue of gays' persecution is raised. Today, Tatiana Moskalkova, Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights, has reported that she received an interim response from the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) on verification of the information about the persecution of LGBT community members in Chechnya. "I received such an answer. According to it, the ICRF has not revealed any facts confirming violent actions against (such) persons, since they do not have specific data concerning those citizens," said the Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights. Tatiana Moskalkova has emphasized that she got from the ICRF just an interim response, since the repeated request and the letter of the "Novaya Gazeta", which she sent to the ICRF, contain the information about the surnames of people considered deceased, the "Interfax" reports. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [6 July 2017]

CPJ To Release Report On Ukrainian Probe Into Sheremet’s Death
The Committee to Protect Journalists says it will release next week a report on the Ukrainian investigation into last year’s death of Pavel Sheremet, a Belarusian-born Russian journalist. The New York-based group said it will release its report on July 12, nearly a year after Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in the Ukrainian capital. No one has been arrested or prosecuted yet. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [5 July 2017]

A Nalchik hunger-striker complains about health deterioration
Zhanna Mazikhova, the director general of the Closed Joint-Stock Company (CJSC) "Zvezda Elbrusa", who is holding a hunger strike jointly with Arthur Baidaev, the founder of the CJSC, has complained about her low blood tension and heart pain. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Ms Mazikhova went on the hunger strike in the morning on June 26; Mr Arthur Baidaev joined her; and on June 30, the district prosecutor invited them for a talk. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [5 July 2017]

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