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10 July 2017

posted 10 Jul 2017, 10:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Jul 2017, 04:29 ]
Russian authorities must investigate new allegations of extrajudicial executions in Chechnya
Following reports in Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper that security forces in the Russian republic of Chechnya killed 27 people on the night of 26 January 2017, Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, said: “These allegations come from a credible source and as horrendous as they are, appear totally plausible for Chechnya, where the authorities enjoy complete impunity for human rights violations. “Amnesty International has documented the practice of extrajudicial executions in Chechnya and elsewhere in the North Caucasus for many years, and these allegations are consistent with our past findings. They must be investigated immediately, and if proven to be true, all perpetrators must be brought to justice. [...]
Source: Amnesty International [10 July 2017]

The Kremlin 'Notes' Fresh Allegations of Chechnya Killings
The Kremlin has reacted to a report claiming that 27 people were killed by security forces in January, as part of an ongoing investigation into extrajudicial killings in Chechnya. “We have taken note of [the reports],” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists on Monday. “We have similarly taken note of the denials of this information by Chechen law enforcement bodies.” “The information is of an anonymous character. It’s unclear what the source of this information is. So this is all I can say for now.” [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [10 July 2017]

Russian Paper Alleges Summary Executions In Chechnya
Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper, citing two unidentified sources, has reported that security forces in Chechnya summarily executed 27 people on the night of January 26. The paper reported on July 9 that the purported victims were detained in regions across the North Caucasus republic during a series of raids that began in mid-December 2016. According to the report, the detainees were never formally arrested and no paperwork was filled out on them before they were summarily executed. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [9 July 2017]

St. Petersburg Church of Scientology head to remain in detention
The St. Petersburg City Court has upheld detention of the Church of Scientology of St. Petersburg leader Ivan Matsitsky, who stands charged with participation in an extremist organization, the Unified press service of St. Petersburg courts told RAPSI on Monday. Matsitsky is also charged with illegal business, inciting hatred and enmity, and violation of human dignity. [...]

Source: RAPSI [10 July 2017]

Russian minister may have intervened over postponed Bolshoi ballet
Source says culture minister Vladimir Medinsky had concerns show about Rudolf Nureyev’s life may have violated law on ‘homosexual propaganda’
Russia’s culture minister may have intervened to prompt the Bolshoi theatre to postpone a much-awaited ballet premiere about the life of dancer Rudolf Nureyev, a Russian news agency reported on Monday. The TASS news agency cited a source close to the culture ministry saying the minister, Vladimir Medinsky, had concerns that the production violated a controversial Russian law that bans “the propaganda of homosexuality to minors”. [...]
Source: The Guardian [10 July 2017]

Bolshoi Theater Postpones Premier of Anticipated Ballet on Gay Dancer
“[The story of Nureyev] was the wrong topic, by the wrong guy at the wrong time."
Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater has unexpectedly postponed the premier of a highly anticipated, but potentially controversial ballet, just days before it was scheduled to open on July 11. The “Nureyev” ballet, based on the life of gay Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, has now been rescheduled for May 2018. The ballet’s director Kirill Serebrennikov declined to comment on news of the postponed performance, telling Vedomosti, “This is the theater’s decision. And this is what they’ve decided.” [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [10 July 2017]

Siemens in dispute with Russia over diverted turbines
The German industrial giant Siemens says at least two gas turbines it has supplied to a Russian company have been illegally diverted to Crimea. The firm said the turbines had been moved "against its will" and in breach of EU sanctions imposed after Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The Kremlin said the turbines had been made in Russia using Russian parts. Russia's Energy Minister Alexander Novak said installation of the power turbines in Crimea would go ahead. [...]
Source: BBC [10 July 2017]

Russian Internet Pioneer Nosik Dead Of Suspected Heart Attack At 51
Well-known Russian journalist, blogger, and Internet pioneer Anton Nosik has died in Moscow at the age of 51. Nosik's friend and current owner of The Moscow Times and Vedomosti newspapers Demyan Kudryavtsev posted on Twitter on July 9 that Nosik died during the night of July 8-9. "Yes it's true, Anton Nosik died in Moscow last night," Kudryavtsev said. According to preliminary information, Nosik died of a sudden heart attack. The Interfax news agency reported that investigators had so far found no evidence of criminal activity in Nosik’s death. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [9 July 2017]

In Krasnodar, police seize newspapers from a volunteer of Alexei Navalny's office
In Krasnodar, the police detained a volunteer in the course of a campaign action in support of Alexei Navalny. The activist spent several hours at a police station and then was released. Meanwhile, the police seized the rest of newspaper copies which he had with him. This was reported by the Krasnodar office of the opposition politician. The action in support of Alexei Navalny was held under the name of the "Great Agitation Subbotnik" in various cities of Russia. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [9 July 2017]

Navalny's office in Volgograd resumes work at new address
The Volgograd supporters of Alexei Navalny, who had been three times evicted from their rented premises, have rented an apartment in No.1 Chuikov Street for their office. The fourth move of the office took place today, said Alexei Volkov, the office coordinator. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Navalny's office in Volgograd was opened on March 24; and on May 5, Mr Volkov reported that the lease contract for the premises in the city centre was cancelled by the owner. Navalny's supporters moved to another premises; and on May 15, the office began working in the Voroshilov District, but on May 17, the owner broke the lease contract. On June 5, the office rented the premises at No. 11 Mira Street, but worked there for a little over a day. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [8 July 2017]

Dozens Of Russian Opposition Leader Navalny's Campaign Workers Detained
Police in Moscow have detained dozens of supporters of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny who were campaigning for his bid to be elected as president in 2018, according to the politician's campaign and a monitoring group. Nikolai Lyaskin, a senior activist in Navalny’s campaign headquarters in the Russian capital, said at least 52 volunteers had been detained as they tried to raise awareness about the Kremlin foe's attempt to run in the 2018 election -- which incumbent President Vladimir Putin is widely expected to win. OVD-Info, a Moscow-based nongovernmental organization that monitors police actions at protests, said at least 48 people had been detained in the July 8 campaign action, in which activists fanned out across the city to pass out leaflets and carry red balloons bearing Navalny's name. [...]

Source: RFE/RL [8 July 2017]

State Duma committee backs Convention on confiscation of proceeds from crime
The State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs has recommended that MPs ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism. On June 26, President Vladimir Putin submitted the Convention to the lower house of Russian parliament for ratification. The Convention was signed on behalf of the Russian Federation on January 26, 2009, in Strasbourg. [...]

Source: RAPSI [10 July 2017]

Impunity for Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev's murderers for four years already
The day of July 9 marks four years passed since the murder of Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, a "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. Till present, the murderers of the journalist have not been found, and that fact indicates the investigators' unwillingness to solve the crime. This opinion was voiced by relatives and friends of Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev. On November 27, 2015, the investigation was once again suspended. Meanwhile, in Dagestan, courts refused to grant complaints about the suspension of the investigation into the case. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [9 July 2017]

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