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7 June 2017

posted 7 Jun 2017, 11:59 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Jun 2017, 12:27 ]
Russian Lawmakers Propose Broadening Controversial 'Foreign Agent' Law
Russian lawmakers are asking authorities to consider broadening the country's controversial "foreign agent" law to include nongovernmental organizations that receive funding from Russian citizens with foreign income sources. The proposal was floated in Russia's upper chamber of parliament, which is dominated by the ruling United Russia party, during a June 7 hearing on alleged foreign "interference" that featured heated denunciations of the West by top officials. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 June 2017]

Moscow Anticorruption March To Go Ahead Despite Government's Restrictions

An anticorruption march and rally organized by opposition politician Aleksei Navalny will go ahead on June 12 at a site offered by Moscow city authorities. Navalny aide Leonid Volkov, who is managing Navalny's nascent campaign for the 2018 presidential election, wrote on Twitter on June 7 that the protest will be held on Prospekt Sakharov, which is outside the city center. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 June 2017]

Volgograd: Alexei Navalny's supporters complain about eviction from new premises
In Volgograd, an office of supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a building in Peace Street could work a little more than a day. This was reported by Anastasia Andreeva, a staff member of the office. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Alexei Navalny's office was opened in Volgograd on March 24. On May 5, an office coordinator reported that the lease agreement for the premises in the city centre was cancelled at the initiative of an owner of the premises. On May 15, the supporters of Alexei Navalny moved to other premises, but on May 17, an owner of the premises announced the termination of the lease agreement. On June 5, the Alexei Navalny's office began working under a new address, in No. 11 inPeace Street. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [7 June 2017]

Moscow's English-Language Weekly To Change Hands, Cut Staff
A Dutch-registered foundation is reportedly poised to acquire the English-language Moscow Times in a shake-up that is expected to include major staff cuts and a discontinuation of the print version after a quarter-century in the Russian capital. Owner Demyan Kudryavtsev told The Moscow Times' roughly two dozen employees on June 7 that the transition is a result of chronic losses, adding that the last print run of the free, weekly paper would be issued in early July. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 June 2017]

Alleged member of St. Petersburg Church of Scientology detained in extremism case
The Nevsky District Court of St. Petersburg on Wednesday ordered the detention of the alleged member of Church of Scientology in St. Petersburg Anastasia Terentyeva, who stands charged with participating in an extremist organization, RAPSI reports from the courtroom. Defense asked the court to place Terentyeva under house arrest, or release her on a 1-million-ruble bail ($17,600) or travel restrictions. The defendant said in turn that detention is an excessive measure, and expressed her willingness to cooperate with investigators. [...]
Source: RAPSI [7 June 2017]

State Duma adopts bill on blacklist of corrupt officials
The State Duma passed in the third and final reading on Wednesday a bill on creating a nationwide list of officials, who had been fired because of loss of trust over corruption allegations. The initiative was drafted by Russia’s Labor Ministry in 2015 and backed by the government in August 2016. The document passed its first reading in the State Duma in December 2016. [...]
Source: RAPSI [7 June 2017]

Resident of Dagestan killed in shootout with law enforcers
Last night, a local resident attacked law enforcers in the Lak District of Dagestan and was killed by return fire. This was reported by sources from the law enforcement agencies. According to the source from the Dagestani law enforcement agencies, the incident occurred at about midnight in the Lak District not far from the Kumukh-Levashi road. "An attacker threw a grenade from an abandoned building and then opened fire from automatic weapon in the direction of law enforcers. The attacker was neutralized by return fire," said the source. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [7 June 2017]

Animal rights defenders criticize police for opening fire at a cow in Makhachkala
Makhachkala policemen who opened fire at a cow from firearms in the middle of a busy street showed an example of cruel treatment of animals, states the regional animal protection centre "Zoolife". The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 31, in Nasrutdinov Avenue in Makhachkala, policemen had to use firearms when they tried to kill a cow behaving aggressively. Olga Vyatkina, the leader of the regional animal protection centre "Zoolife", treats opening fire at a cow in the middle of a busy street as an example of cruel treatment of animals. "In the light of the February events, such attitude towards animals has become a regular thing, and many people consider that to be a norm in the order of things, and only some people speak against that cruelty. However, it should not be so, it is an example of cruelty," Olga Vyatkina told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [7 June 2017]

Torture survivor, Murad Amriev, lodged a complaint against his torturers in Chechnya, and is currently at risk of being detained and escorted to Chechnya were he would be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. [...] 

Source: Amnesty International [7 June 2017]

In Bryansk, Murad Amriev identifies Chechen law enforcer who tortured him
At the building of the Transport Prosecutor's Office of Bryansk, Murad Amriev has identified a law enforcer from Chechnya as a person who tortured him in 2013. Law enforcers made the right decision when they released Murad Amriev, emphasizes human rights defender Igor Kalyapin. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 4, in the Bryansk Region, Murad Amriev was detained on the charge of using a forged document when he was travelling to Moscow. Today, the police released Murad Amriev. After that, he escaped from Chechen law enforcers who arrived in Bryansk and cordoned off the building where the athlete stayed. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [6 June 2017]