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7 September 2017

posted 7 Sep 2017, 14:22 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Sep 2017, 14:25 ]

Opposition Journalist Says Burned Car Points to Assassination Attempt
Prominent opposition journalist Yulia Latynina’s car was set on fire over the weekend in a possible assassination attempt, Latynina said Thursday. “The investigator just informed us that the car ignited in three places,” Latynina said on air at the Ekho Moskvy radio station. “This is very sad because in fact it means that it was, unfortunately, not just a fire, it was an assassination attempt.” During a previous broadcast, the journalist and Ekho Moskvy contributor cited an investigator who suggested that her car could have burned down because of faulty wiring. On Thursday she refuted such an explanation: “The hypothesis that the car burned down on its own, which my parents tried to console themselves with, is wrong.” [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [7 September 2017]

Russia Investigates Extremism Watchdog Under 'Undesirable' Law

Russian authorities are investigating Sova Center, a respected research organization that tracks hate crimes and extremist movements in Russia, in connection with a controversial law on “undesirable organizations,” a move that could severely curtail its work. The Moscow-based nonprofit said in a statement September 7 that the Moscow Prosecutor-General's Office had opened its probe after Sova published links to its past funders, including organizations that had been labeled “undesirable,” such as the U.S.-based National Endowment for Democracy. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 September 2017] - see also The Moscow Times 

Imprisoned Russian Activist Facing Abuse Behind Bars, Mother Says
An activist who is serving time over Internet posts criticizing Russia's actions in Ukraine is being mistreated in prison, her mother says. Darya Polyudova's mother, Tatyana Polyudova, told RFE/RL on September 7 that her daughter went on a hunger strike on August 31 to protest conditions at the prison where she is being held but had to stop after several days due to medical problems. The prison director had warned Polyudova that she would be forcibly fed if she did not stop the hunger strike, her mother said. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 September 2017]

Moscow Authorities Declare Plaque Honoring Nemtsov Illegal
Moscow authorities say a plaque honoring slain opposition politician Boris Nemtsov placed on the apartment block where he lived is illegal. An official from Moscow's Department of Cultural Heritage told TASS news agency on September 7 that memorial plaques honoring individuals can be publicly placed 10 years after their deaths, according to law. Opposition politician Ilya Yashin wrote on Facebook earlier that the plaque, which reads "Politician Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered by a hired killer on February 27, 2017, lived here," was placed on the wall of the apartment block on September 7. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 September 2017]

Father, FSB Confirm Missing Ukrainian Teen Being Held In Russia
A Ukrainian teenager whose disappearance in Belarus has triggered claims of a Moscow-orchestrated kidnapping is being held in a detention center in Russia, his father and Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) have confirmed. Belarusian authorities said on August 31 that 19-year-old Pavlo Hryb, whose father reported him missing after he left for Belarus to meet a young woman, entered the country a week earlier from Ukraine but that they have no record of his departure. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 September 2017]