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12 February 2018

posted 12 Feb 2018, 11:37 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Feb 2018, 12:02 ]
Winter Olympics: Russia whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov 'fears for life'
The whistleblower who made allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia says his "life is in jeopardy" and the Russian government want him to "stop talking". Russian former anti-doping official Grigory Rodchenkov has given his first televised interview in disguise since fleeing to the United States in 2015. His evidence led to Russia's ban from the ongoing Winter Olympics. "The Kremlin want me to stop talking," he told CBS news show 60 Minutes. [...]
Source: BBC [12 February 2018]

Russian FSB Detains Ukrainian In Crimea On Suspicion Of Spying
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) says it has detained a Ukrainian national in Russian-controlled Crimea on suspicion of espionage. In a February 12 statement, the FSB said that Kostyantyn Davydenko was detained on February 11. According to the statement, Davydenko is suspected of illegally collecting classified information related to the FSB and Russian's National Guard. It alleged that he had planned to give the information to Ukrainian authorities. Rights activists say Russia has jailed several Ukrainians on trumped-up, politically motivated charges since Moscow seized control of Ukraine's Crimea region in March 2014. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [12 February 2018]

Russian Opposition Party Warns of Political Repression and Torture Ahead of Elections
A Russian opposition party, whose candidate is challenging Vladimir Putin in the presidential elections next month, has warned of a spike in political repressions and torture in St. Petersburg, the country’s second-largest city. In an online statement issued Monday, the Yabloko party warned of a string of attacks on political and civic activists in St. Petersburg in the past month, including the late January death of prominent local activist Konstantin Sinitsyn. Other incidents mentioned include the beating of human rights activist Dinar Idrisov and the kidnapping and reported torture of antifascist activists Viktor Filinkov, Igor Shishkin and Ilya Kapustin. ‘Yabloko views what is happening as political repression designed to suppress political and civic activity,‘ the party wrote. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [12 February 2018]

Relatives of missing Derbent resident come to a protest action
On February 11, relatives and friends of Aslan Shikhakhmedov, a former official of the Derbent administration, who disappeared on February 8, gathered in front of the FSB Department in Derbent. The protestors believe that Aslan Shikhakhmedov could be detained in connection with police raids in Dagestan and demanded from law enforcers to report his whereabouts. The relatives of Aslan Shikhakhmedov reported that at about 4:00 p.m. on February 8, he was taken away from the Kirov Park in Derbent to some an unknown destination. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [12 February 2018]

Ingushetia: CTO casualties named
The two men killed in the counterterrorist operation (CTO) held in Ingushetia have been identified as Abdulla Askhabov and Yunus Ibadiev, natives of Dagestan. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that today, two suspected militants have been killed in Ingushetia. According to law enforcers, in the morning on February 11, the above militants were blocked in the forest near the village of Ali-Yurt in the Nazran District. When offered to surrender, they opened fire from submachine guns and were killed by response fire, the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) has reported. According to the NAC, one of the militants had been on the federal wanted list for his involvement in military operations in Syria. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [11 February 2018]

Sexy ‘Graft’ Video May Lead Russia to Block Instagram, YouTube
Russia may block access to YouTube and Instagram after billionaire Oleg Deripaskawon a court injunction against videos and photographs that showed him and Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko relaxing on a yacht with a woman described as an escort. Deripaska won an order from Ust-Labinsk court in his native Krasnodar region ordering the removal of 14 Instagram posts and seven YouTube videos that breached his right to privacy, according to a spokeswoman for his Basic Element company. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [Bloomberg - 12 February 2018]

Russian Media Regulator Moves To Block Latest Navalny Exposé
Russia's media regulator has moved to prohibit material related to an investigation by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny that exposed a meetingbetween a Russian billionaire and a senior government official on a yacht. Rozkomnadzor ruled the investigative report on the connections between billionaire Russian metals tycoon Oleg Deripaska and a deputy Russian prime minister contained prohibited information and placed it on its register of sites containing information not to be distributed in Russia, Russian media reported February 10. Navalny called the move "censorship" and urged "the dissemination of the video with the investigation as widely as possible," according to RFE/RL’s Russian Service. On February 9, RFE/RL's Russian Service said it received an e-mail notification from Rozkomnadzor stating the Navalny investigation on ties between Deripaska and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko contained material whose dissemination in Russia was prohibited. At least one other news site in Russia, Mediazona, an independent news source, also reportedly received a similar notification from Rozkomnadzor. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [10 February 2018]