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12 June 2018

posted 12 Jun 2018, 12:40 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Jun 2018, 12:55 ]
Police Disrupt Founding Gathering Of Open Russia Group In Vladivostok
Police in Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok have disrupted the founding gathering of a regional branch of a civil society group established by exiled Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky and detained several activists, the organization says. In a Facebook post on June 12, Open Russia said police used force and detained activists Andrei Pivovarov, Natalya Gryaznyevich, Andrei Yarotsky, and Maria Zinchenko, as well as the coordinator of opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's office in Vladivostok, Vladimir Dubovsky. It is not clear what charges the activists may face. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [12 June 2018]

Russia Wrongly Revoked U.S. Activist's Residence Permit, European Court Says
The European court has ruled that Russia wrongly revoked the residence permit of American human rights activist Jennifer Gaspar in 2014. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on June 12 said that Russian authorities violated Gaspar's right to respect for family life, as it had compelled her to leave Russia, where her husband and minor child were living. In its ruling, the court in Strasbourg ordered the Russian state to pay Gaspar 14,142 euros ($16,680) in compensation. "I want to celebrate justice and an end to a long slog through court proceedings that has weighed upon me," Gaspar wrote on Facebook after the court decision. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [12 June 2018]

World Cup 2018: 'Salah used for political capital' as Chechnya host Egypt training
Mohamed Salah's picture with Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov is a photo described by Amnesty International as "pure sportswashing" Chechnyan leader Ramzan Kadyrov used Mohamed Salah for "political capital" by being pictured with the Egypt star, says an anti-discrimination chief. Egypt's World Cup base is in the former war-torn Russian republic, where Kadyrov's regime has been criticised for alleged human rights abuses. [...]
Source: BBC [12 June 2018]

Robbie Williams 'selling soul to dictator Putin' in World Cup gig
Singer handing Russian leader PR coup by performing at opening ceremony, say critics
Robbie Williams has been accused of selling his soul to the “dictator” Vladimir Putin after it emerged he will be performing in Russia for the football World Cup. The singer will headline Thursday’s opening ceremony, which will be attended by the Russian president prior to the tournament’s first game, between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Politicians and campaigners criticised the move and urged him to follow the lead of the royal family, as well as government ministers, and refrain from attending the event in protest against Russia’s alleged involvement in the Skripal poisoning. The head of the global Magnitsky justice campaign, Bill Browder, a former client of the anti-corruption lawyer who was beaten to death while in police custody in Moscow in 2009, tweeted: “There’s lots of ways to make money Robbie Williams, but selling your soul to a dictator shouldn’t be one of them. Shame on you.” [...]
Source: The Guardian [12 June 2018]

On June 4-10, three persons fell victim to armed conflict in Northern Caucasus
During the week from June 4 to June 10, in the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus, at least three persons were killed. These are the results of the calculations run by the "Caucasian Knot" based on its own materials and information from other open sources. According to law enforcers, the three casualties were linked to the armed underground in Ingushetia. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [11 June 2018]