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8 May 2017

posted 8 May 2017, 09:07 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 May 2017, 09:25 ]
Moscow Protest Marks Five Years Since Bolotnaya Crackdown
Thousands of Russian opposition activists held a rally in Moscow on May 6 to mark five years since the 2012 Bolotnaya Square antigovernment protest in Moscow. Moscow authorities approved the rally, but refused to allow an opposition march toward Bolotnaya Square itself. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [6 May 2017]

Blogger Sergey Rulyov detained at picket in Rostov-on-Don
Sergey Rulyov, a blogger and a correspondent of the "Slavic News" edition, was detained in Rostov-on-Don for violating the public order at the action, dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the dispersal of the "March of Millions" in Bolotnaya Square. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in Rostov-on-Don, at least 25 people, including activists of the "Yabloko" Party and the "Open Russia" movement, came out to the above action. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [6 May 2017]

Russian Activist Navalny Reportedly On Plane To Barcelona For Eye Treatment
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has left Moscow for Barcelona for medical treatment, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported on May 7, despite warnings from officials that he should not leave the country. The newspaper quoted sources as saying the 40-year-old activist boarded a plane for the Spanish city, while the website posted videos, which the site said were sent by travelers, of Navalny and his wife in the airport and on an airliner. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [7 May 2017]

Putin Attends Birthday Party for His Old KGB Boss
A day before Russia’s Victory Day festivities, Vladimir Putin paid a special birthday visit to his old KGB boss, Lazar Matveev, who turned 90 on Monday. They were joined by two other former colleagues from their days in Dresden: Nikolai Tokarev and Sergei Chemezov. Matveev now lives in a modest apartment on Moscow’s outskirts, while Tokarev and Chemezov head major state corporations (Transneft and Rostech, respectively). Vladimir Putin has done okay for himself, too. President Putin brought his old supervisor a watch and a framed copy of “Pravda” published 90 years ago exactly, on May 8, 1927, the day Matveev was born. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [8 May 2017]

Criminalizing Bride Kidnapping? You’ve Got to Be Kidding, Says Ingushetia Leader
The leader of Russia’s Republic of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov does not support a bill that would make bride kidnapping a criminal offense. The bill, drafted by Ingushetia’s lawmakers, was introduced to the Russian parliament in late April this year. “When a person wants to get married this way, making him a felon would cost us more,” Yevkurov was quoted as saying by Rossia24 TV channel Saturday. “I don’t support [this bill]. Why? Because there is criminal liability for kidnappers in the Criminal Code already, be it a bride or a businessman.” [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [8 May 2017]

Residents of Chechnya trust information about harassment of gays
In Chechnya, the law enforcement agencies do not have any information on the facts of harassment of members of communities of sexual minorities in the territory of the republic. This was told to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent by an official of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) for Chechnya. The "Caucasian Knot" has informed that on April 1, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" reported about mass detentions in Chechnya of men suspected of unconventional sexual orientation. Later, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" reported with reference to gays persecuted in Chechnya that in Argun, a "secret prison" had been arranged for people with unconventional sexual orientation. According to the "Radio Liberty", another similar prison, where members of sexual minorities are beaten and humiliated, is located in the Chechen village of Tsotsi-Yurt. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [8 May 2017]

Russia refuses to obey UN Court order to stop persecution of Crimean Tatar Mejlis
Russia is both distorting the substance of the recent International Court of Justice judgement on occupied Crimea, and refusing to stop its extraordinary criminalization of the Mejlis, or self-governing body of the Crimean Tatar people. It is also simply ignoring the order regarding education in Ukrainian. Earlier assurances that Russia would comply with the International Court of Justice’s ruling of April 19 have proven as plausible as the Kremlin’s denial that Russian soldiers had invaded Crimea in early 2014. During the first week in May, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued statements rejecting both the UN Court’s order and recommendations concerning the same issues made by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers. There are virtually no international bodies remaining whose decisions Russia is not either ignoring or claiming to be somehow ‘biased’. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [8 May 2017]