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8 September 2017

posted 8 Sep 2017, 12:45 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 Sep 2017, 12:46 ]

Russian Activist Udaltsov Summoned For Questioning Over Bolotnaya Protest
Russian opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, who was released from prison in August, has been summoned for questioning by federal investigators over the same 2012 protest that landed him in custody. The Investigative Committee said on September 8 that Udaltsov was questioned as a witness about "individuals who may have been involved in organizing" what the government refers to as "mass disorder" at a May 6, 2012 protest on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square. Udaltsov said that he had invoked his constitutional right to refuse to answer questions from the investigators. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [8 September 2017]

Tatarstan Steps Up Defense Of Tatar Language In Schools
KAZAN, Russia -- Officials in Tatarstan are pushing back against calls to abandon teaching of the Tatar language in the Russian region's schools following comments by President Vladimir Putin about languages of ethnic minorities in the diverse country. In a statement on September 7, the regional Education Ministry said that such calls "contradict federal and regional laws and mislead some parents." The sensitive issue has triggered wide debate since Putin’s visit to the Republic of Mari El in July, when he suggested that ethnic Russians were being forced to learn these languages in regions with sizable minority populations. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [8 September 2017]

Moscow's Upcoming Municipal Elections Attract Young Candidates
The number of young people nominated to become candidates in upcoming municipal elections in Moscow has hit a record high, news outlet RBC reported Friday. Of the 8,330 candidates reportedly seeking nomination, 3,073, or 37 percent, are under the age of 35, RBC said citing data published on the Central Elections Commission website. That compares to 25 percent of nominees under 35 in 2008 and 32 percent in 2012. The number of nominees over the age of 58 has meanwhile fallen to 17 percent of the total compared to nearly one-quarter in the elections of 2012. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [8 September 2017]