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12 July 2017

posted 12 Jul 2017, 11:25 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Jul 2017, 11:51 ]

Ex-Yukos security chief sentenced to life appeals for pardon
Former Yukos security chief Alexey Pichugin sentenced to life in prison has filed a petition for pardon, lawyer Kseniya Kostromina told RAPSI on Wednesday. In the summer of 2016, Pichugin lost another application for pardon. “Alexey Pichugin has lodged a petition for pardon as this was the only legal chance for his release. He has already been refused,” Kostromina said earlier. Two criminal cases have been opened against ex-Yukos security chief in Russia on charges of organizing murders and attempted assassinations. In 2005, he received 20 years in prison in the first case. In 2007, he was sentenced to life in prison in the second case. [...]
Source: RAPSI [12 July 2017]

State Duma adopts bill on status of meetings between imprisoned parents and their children
The State Duma has passed in the third and final reading a bill allowing meetings between imprisoned parents and their children, the database for the lower house of parliament reads on Wednesday. The bill introduces changes to the Penal Code of Russia. According to the chairman of the State Duma Committee on Security and Counteracting Corruption Vasily Piskarev, these amendments are enforcing Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In particular, they allow to maintain connection between children and parents and avoid potential negative consequences for a child’s emotional and psychological state caused by a prolonged separation. [...]
Source: RAPSI [12 July 2017]

Prosecutor Seeks Lengthy Prison Terms For Nemtsov Slaying Convicts
A state prosecutor has asked a Russian court to sentence five men convicted of killing opposition politician Boris Nemtsov to prison terms ranging from 17 years to life. Prosecutor Maria Semenenko urged the Moscow Regional Military Court on July 12 to sentence Zaur Dadayev, the man found guilty of fatally shooting Nemtsov, to life in prison. She recommended sentences of 23 years for Anzor Gubashev, 21 years for his brother Shadid Gubashev, 19 years for Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, and 17 years for Khamzat Bakhayev. The court is expected to sentence the defendants on July 13. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [12 July 2017]

Krasnoyarsk Police Focus On Navalny's National Campaign Director
Police in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk have confiscated the computers from opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's local election headquarters, saying Navalny's national campaign chief, Leonid Volkov, was suspected of copyright infringement and creating a computer virus. Volkov on July 12 posted on Twitter a notice from the police saying that he was a suspect and authorizing the search of Navalny's Krasnoyarsk headquarters and all of its computers. Volkov denied the charges and said the purpose of the raid was to disrupt the campaign. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [12 July 2017]

Crimean Tatar activist abducted for solidarity, fined for ‘threatening the police’
A Simferopol court under Russian occupation has fined Bilyal Adilov 10 thousand roubles (145 EUR) in the latest move against civic activists coming out in peaceful solidarity with neighbours or other Crimean Tatars facing armed searches and arrest. The fine could have been much worse, but that is the only positive thing that can be said about this case, in which an activist who had himself been abducted, ended up facing criminal charges for supposedly ‘threatening’ OMON riot police officer.  The effective abduction that preceded this criminal prosecution is worth recalling. On March 29, Adilov was standing outside the High Court in Simferopol where the latest detention ‘hearing’ over the imprisonment of five men, two of them Adilov’s neighbours. The five, who all have small children, were arrested on October 12, 2016, and charged with involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a peaceful organization which is legal in Ukraine. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [12 July 2017]

In Chechnya, relatives of detainees trust journalists' reports about executions
Relatives and friends of the suspected militants detained in December 2016-January 2017 trust the information released by the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" about extrajudicial execution in Chechnya. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 9, in an article published in the "Novaya Gazeta", journalist Elena Milashina reported that at least 27 people were executed in Chechnya at night on January 26. According to the "Novaya Gazeta", those people were detained in connection with the attack on policemen in Grozny committed on December 17, 2016. Relatives and local observers believe that all detainees could be killed. In particular, a resident of the Kurchaloi District has mentioned the name of Makhma Muskiev, a relative of well-known field commander Isa Muskiev, killed several years ago. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [12 July 2017]

Gay 'Propaganda' Furor Brews Over Canceled Bolshoi Ballet About Nureyev
Did Russia's culture minister kill the premiere of a Bolshoi Theater ballet because it was too gay? That's one question at the center of an escalating scandal over the last-minute cancellation of a highly anticipated biographical show about legendary Soviet ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who defected to the West in 1961. Just days after the Bolshoi called off the premiere, Russia's state-run TASS news agency quoted an unidentified "source" as saying that Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky ordered the show postponed because it may constitute gay "propaganda." [...]

Source: RFE/RL [11 July 2017]