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9 May 2017

posted 9 May 2017, 12:26 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 May 2017, 12:30 ]
Russia Releases Activist Jailed Over Letters To Putin
A Russian opposition activist jailed for organizing a letter-writing campaign to President Vladimir Putin has been released from custody. Darya Kulakova, 23, was freed on May 9 after serving a 10-day jail sentence for the letter campaign urging, in part, Putin not to run for a fourth term next year. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [9 May 2017]

Dutch Court Rules Russia Knowingly Forced Yukos Into Bankruptcy
A Dutch appeals court has ruled that Russia knowingly forced the oil major Yukos into bankruptcy by demanding it pay massive tax bills, the latest development in a drawn-out battle over the now-defunct firm's assets. The ruling by the Amsterdam Appeals Court on May 9 said that Dutch law could not recognize the 2006 bankruptcy of Yukos, which was broken up after its owner, tycoon-turned-Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was imprisoned on charges he called politically motivated. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [9 May 2017]

Putin critic Navalny has eye surgery in Spain after attack
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has had surgery on his right eye by a doctor in Spain, after suffering chemical burns from green dye that was thrown in his face. In an Instagram post, Mr Navalny said "sadly, I've been told I will only recover my sight in several months". [...]
Source: BBC [9 May 2017]

How Russian Kids Are Taught World War II
A new history curriculum is raising concern among teachers.
From Kaliningrad to Vladivostok, Russian schoolchildren are preparing for the most important holiday of the year: Victory Day. Commemorated with a grand military parade on Moscow’s Red Square every May 9, the Soviet Union’s defeat of Nazi Germany has long been used by authorities to rally support for the state. And it starts in school. Russian students play a central role in the patriotic celebrations: popular Victory Day merchandise for children ranges from mini Red Army uniforms to toy guns. They also lead the Immortal Regiment, a march where participants carry portraits of relatives who fought and died in World War II. Entire classrooms are taken to the event. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [8 May 2017]

Instilling Terror: More Armed Searches & Abduction-like Arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea
The key element in any attempts to terrorize the population is uncertainty: it should be unclear who will be the next victim – it could be you or your family. The son of the head of the Sudak Regional Mejlis was targeted in one of the two armed and unexplained searches of Crimean Tatar homes on May 8. If Amet Ametov was at least released on Monday evening, his neighbour Server Yusuf who was also detained, is reported to have been taken away to the Krasnodar region of Russia. Around 10 armed OMON officers arrived at the home of the head of the Sudak Regional Mejlis, Ilver Ametov early on May 8. There are slightly conflicting reports about who was present when the armed officers first burst in, though all note the gratuitous violence used against Ilver’s 42-year-old son Amet, who was forced to the floor and kicked, before having handcuffs put on him. All of this happened in front of his four children, aged between 4 and 12. Such total disregard for the trauma to very small children is yet another hallmark of such searches under Russian occupation. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [author: Halya Coynash; 8 May 2017]
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