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7 July 2017

posted 7 Jul 2017, 08:13 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Jul 2017, 14:22 ]
Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Released From Detention
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has been released from a Moscow detention center after 25 days under administrative arrest. Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on social media on July 7 that Navalny was released at 9 a.m. Moscow time. Reuters reports that Russian media and Navalny’s detractors had expected him to be freed later in the day and were waiting for him at a different location. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 July 2017]

Russian Pokemon Go Blogger Has Sentence Reduced
A Russian blogger who was sentenced to over three years for filming himself playing Pokemon Go in an Orthodox cathedral has had his sentenced reduced, the RBC news outlet reported Friday. A Yekaterinburg Court reduced Ruslan Sokolovsky’s sentence to a suspended term of two years and three months, instead of the three and a half years he was handed down in May. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [7 July 2017]

Navalny Volunteer Hospitalized After Police Altercation
A volunteer working for opposition leader Alexei Navaly’s has been hospitalized after a late-night altercation with police at Navalny’s Moscow headquarters, the Novaya Gazeta newspaper has reported. Navalny’s staff said Alexander Turovsky was at the opposition leader’s headquarters in Moscow when masked policemen entered the building early Thursday morning. The volunteer said police violently detained him in the process of searching the premises. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [7 July 2017]

Four Dead in Norilsk Nickel Mine Explosion
 At least four people have been killed after an explosion at a Norilsk Nickel mine in northern Russia, the company said in a statement Friday. Several employees sustained injuries after the accident on Friday morning, the company said, adding that the mine had been evacuated and first aid administered. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [7 July 2017]

Imprisoned Crimean Tatar rights activist denied any visits from his family
Human rights activist Emir-Usein Kuku has been held in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea for almost 18 months, and has not been allowed even one visit from his wife. If in the first months after Kuku and five other Ukrainian Muslims, all but one Crimean Tatar, were arrested, their wives and children might hope to see them during detention hearings, even this has now ended. The detained men and their lawyers make the lack of any grounds for their detention clear, and Russia has now taken to holding even those hearings behind closed doors. [...]

Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [7 July 2017]

Police refuse to investigate journalists' statements about attack in Makhachkala
The Dagestani Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) has refused to institute a criminal proceeding on the complaints made by the journalists of the newspaper "Chernovik" (Draft) about attacks and obstruction of their professional activities. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Makhachkala Mayor's Office refused to sanction an anticorruption rally to be held on June 12; however, its organizer announced his intention to hold the event without a sanction from the authorities. The police detained eight persons at the place of the planned action. Several provocateurs attacked the journalists, including the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, who arrived at the place. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [7 July 2017]

Relatives report on kidnapping of Vladimir Region resident in Dagestan
Sharip Zaipullaev, a resident of the town of Kovrov, born in 1980, disappeared in Dagestan, where he came to visit his relatives. From eyewitnesses, his family members have learned that Sharip Zaipullaev was taken away by people in masks who arrived in cars without state registration numbers. The Sharip Zaipullaev's mother has told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent that her son with his family members came to celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Fitr and disappeared on July 4. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [7 July 2017]

"Novaya Gazeta" insists on detailed verification of information about gays in Chechnya
The newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" has not received any interim response from the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) concerning verification of the information about the persecution of LGBT community members in Chechnya. The verification should be detailed and full-fledged. This was reported by Nadezhda Prousenkova, the press secretary for the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta". The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 6, Tatiana Moskalkova, Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights, reported that she received an interim response from the ICRF concerning verification of the information about the persecution of LGBT community members in Chechnya. According to it, the ICRF did not reveal any facts confirming violent actions against (such) persons. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [6 July 2017]

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