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11 July 2018

posted 11 Jul 2018, 10:51 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Jul 2018, 14:59 ]
Application made to ECtHR over Oyub Titiev's pre-trial detention 
Oyub Titiev, the head of the "Memorial" office in Grozny, has filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strasbourg against violation of his right to freedom and political motives for criminal prosecution. That is reported by his advocate. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 9, the Shali City Court of Chechnya extended Oyub Titiev's arrest until December 22. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [11 July 2018]

Pussy Riot's Alyokhina Fined For Evading Community Service
A leading member of the Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot has been fined for evading community service. A court in Moscow on July 11 ordered Maria Alyokhina to pay a fine of 400,000 rubles ($6,500). In April, a Moscow court ordered Alyokhina to perform 100 hours of community service for participating in an unauthorized protest against Russia's ban on the messaging app Telegram. Earlier that month, Alyokhina and other activists threw paper planes -- Telegram's logo -- at the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Moscow's Lubyanka Square. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [11 July 2018]

Russia Wants to Recruit Volunteer Internet Censors
Russia’s police chief seeks to recruit volunteers for a new project: as censors to weed out banned information from the internet. Internet providers in Russia are legally required to restrict access to banned content. Most recently, legislation went into force requiring Russian telecom companies to store users’ communications under controversial anti-terrorism laws. Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev told a forum of volunteers assisting with missing persons search and rescue that his staffers “always need the public’s help” in drug prevention and battling juvenile delinquency. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [11 July 2018]

Russia hides imprisoned Ukrainian human rights activist on hunger strike
Ukrainian political prisoner Emir-Usein Kuku “has been returned” to the Russian SIZO [remand prison] in Rostov, from where he disappeared on the morning of 10 July. It is quite possible that the SIZO’s refusal to tell Kuku’s lawyer Sergei Loktev any more than that Kuku had been taken away was a deliberate ploy to prevent Loktev from seeing the human rights activist who has been on hunger strike since 26 June. Like fellow Crimean political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, Kuku is demanding that Russia release all of the over 70 Ukrainians it is holding prisoner on politically motivated charges and / or for their faith. There has been effectively no contact with Kuku or the other five Ukrainians currently ‘on trial’ with him, and the visit was therefore very important. Nor was the SIZO head in any hurry to reply to Loktev’s written demand for information, with it only becoming clear close to evening that Kuku was back at the SIZO. It is to be hoped that he was receiving a medical check given his 14 days on hunger strike. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [11 July 2018]