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10 May 2017

posted 10 May 2017, 21:53 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 May 2017, 22:23 ]
Czech Authorities Issue Warrant For Activist Wanted In Russia
Czech prosecutors have issued an arrest warrant for a founding member of the Russian dissident art collective Voina, Oleg Vorotnikov. Prague prosecutor's office spokeswoman Stepanka Zenklova told reporters on May 10 that the arrest warrant had been issued after police failed to find Vorotnikov at the address he had shown as his residence in the Czech capital. According to Zenklova, Vorotnikov did not show up for interrogations three times and his current whereabouts is unknown. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [10 May 2017]

Russian Investigators Ordered to Find Out How Hackers Cracked an Activist's Telegram Account
State prosecutors in Moscow have ordered Russia’s Investigative Committee to find out how hackers gained access to an opposition activist’s Telegram account last year, according to the news agency RBC. Investigators initially declined to open a case into complaints by Oleg Kozlovsky, who says his Telegram account was accessed illegally in April 2016. According to Kozlovsky, the hackers cracked his two-step verification by intercepting his text messages, raising concerns that his phone company, MTS, possibly yielded to pressure from Russian intelligence services spying on Russian citizens. The same night Kozlovsky was hacked, Georgy Alburov, who works with Alexei Navalny at the Anti-Corruption Foundation, says his text messages were also intercepted to gain access to his Telegram account. Following the security breach, Telegram founder Pavel Durov accused the Russian government of behaving like a “cannibalistic Central Asian or Middle Eastern regime.” [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [10 May 2017]

Lawyers Ask Human Rights Court to Rule on Russia's Anti-Nazi Laws
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is set to rule on whether Russia's ban on Nazi symbols violates free speech laws. Judges will decide whether two Russian men were unfairly jailed for posting pictures featuring the swastika online, the Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday. Ivan Gorodiski, from the Russian region of Penza, and Alexei Mandrigel, from the Russian region of Krasnodar, were both given prison sentences after they shared a photo collage with images of Russian President Vladimir Putin alongside Nazi imagery. The pair were jailed for seven and ten days respectively. Lawyers from Russian human rights group Agora are filing the case. They believe current laws unfairly punish citizens who use the swastika but don't want to promote fascism. The organization claims that the law could even be used to punish those who displayed historical pictures of Nazi Germany, Kommersant reported. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [10 May 2017]

ECtHR dismisses Zara Murtazalieva's complaint
The Strasbourg Court did not find any violations in the case of Zara Murtazalieva, a native of Chechnya, who filed a complaint about violation in Russia of her right to a fair trial. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Zara Murtazalieva was found guilty of plotting a series of terror acts in the territory of Moscow and involving persons in their commission. On January 17, 2005, the Moscow City Court sentenced her to nine years of imprisonment. In March of 2005, the Supreme Court (SC) of Russia reduced her sentence by six months. Zara Murtazalieva was released on September 3, 2012. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has pronounced the decision according to which in the Zara Murtazalieva's case, Paragraphs 1 and 3 (b) of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to a fair trial and the right to have enough time and facilities to prepare a defence) were not violated, the RIA "Novosti" reports. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [9 May 2017]