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11 July 2017

posted 11 Jul 2017, 09:57 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Jul 2017, 04:34 ]
Arrest and detention of journalist Aleksandr Batmanov
A presenter at NGO TV in Volgograd, Aleksandr Batmanov, has been remanded in custody, allegedly on suspicion of theft from a grocery store. At the present time, Aleksandr Batmanov is being subjected to an unprecedented degree of pressure. The journalist has two broken legs, injuries he received as he was trying to escape from an office on the third floor of a police station in the city of Volgograd, where police officers had held him throughout the weekend.[...]
Source: NGO TV via Rights in Russia [11 July 2017] 

Russian Officials Request Jail Term for Navalny
Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (UFSIN) has requested opposition leader Alexei Navalny be imprisoned, instead of serving out a suspended sentence, Moscow’s district court announced Tuesday. Moscow’s Simonovksy court received UFSIN's request on Tuesday, court spokesman Viktor Vasiliev told RIA Novosti news agency. Navalny was handed a five-year suspended sentence for fraud in 2013. Prison officials have petitioned courts unsuccessfully twice before to cancel the sentence. UFSIN’s request cites an article in the Criminal Code which allows a suspended sentence to be replaced if a defendant violates public order more than twice within one year. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [11 July 2017]

Crackdown On Navalny Election Bid Continues As Krasnoyarsk Activist Detained
Police in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk have detained a local coordinator of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's presidential election campaign and confiscated campaign materials. Krasnoyarsk coordinator Ruslan Rudenko told RFE/RL that he was detained while receiving a delivery of campaign newsletters on July 11. Police told him they had "received a signal" from a citizen saying that "materials with extremist content would arrive in the city." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [11 July 2017]

Protesting Torture, Inmate Asks Putin to Revoke His Citizenship
An inmate at a Russian prison has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to strip him of his citizenship in protest against torture allegedly carried out at the detention facility, the “Pravozashitniki Urala” human rights group said on Tuesday. Zakhar Gritsak, an inmate in a prison in the Sverdlovsk region published a video to YouTube addressed to Vladimir Putin asking the president to strip him of the Russian citizenship. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [11 July 2017]

OSCE PA adopts resolution defending Ukraine’s territorial integrity and condemning Russia’s hybrid warfare
In a document adopted at its annual meeting in Minsk, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has urged the Russian Federation to free all Ukrainian political prisoners and to stop sponsoring terrorist activities in Ukraine by sending militants, money and weapons across the uncontrolled section of the Ukraine-Russia border.  The resolution was originally proposed by the Ukrainian delegation, and supported by a large majority (91 participants). 15 countries voted against, including Russia and three abstained. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [11 July 2017]

Supreme Court of Adygea upholds foreign agent status for "EcoWatch"
The Supreme Court (SC) of Adygea has upheld the decision pronounced by the Maikop City Court to recognize the "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus" as a foreign agent. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on March 29, the Supreme Court of Adygea considered the complaint filed by the "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus" (EcoWatch) about the decision pronounced by the Maikop City Court. On December 16, 2016, the Court recognized that the organization violated the law on NGOs. In July, the Maikop City Court found no evidence for violation of the law on foreign agents by the "EcoWatch" and stopped the proceedings. […]

Source: Caucasian Knot [11 July 2017]

Memorial Human Rights Centre says law enforcers ignore fates of missing people in Grozny
For six months already, the Chechen law enforcement agencies have been skirting answering questions about the fates of Askhab Yusupov, Ismali Bergoev, and Madina Shakhbieva, detained during the December armed clashes in Grozny. This was reported by the "Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial". […]

Source: Caucasian Knot [10 July 2017]

Human Rights Council receives responses from law enforcement about gays in Chechnya
The Presidential Human Rights Council (HRC) has received from the General Prosecutor's Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) the answers to their complaints about the persecution of LGBT community members in Chechnya. This was reported by Mikhail Fedotov, the chair of the Presidential HRC. He said 
human rights defenders will monitor the situation. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [10 July 2017]

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