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12 September 2017

posted 12 Sep 2017, 11:14 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Sep 2017, 11:32 ]

Russian cinemas shun tsar film Matilda after threats
Russia's biggest cinema chain has cancelled screenings of a controversial film about the love life of the last tsar Nicholas II after Orthodox Church activists strongly condemned it. Matilda explores his love for ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya before he came to the throne, and includes erotic scenes. The Cinema Park and Formula Kino group said it had to "protect cinemagoers from risks" in light of recent threats. The film is due to go on general release in Russia on 26 October. [...]
Source: BBC [12 September 2017]

Russian Election Monitor Reports 'Illegal Tactics’ During September 10 Vote
An independent Russian election monitoring group, Golos, says low turnout for regional and local elections across the country on September 10 was caused by "the low level of competition and by voters' distrust toward the election process." In a report issued on September 12, Golos said its observation of the elections "suggest that illegal strategies and tactics are still prevalent in certain regions." Golos said it received "reports of documented election rigging" from a number of polling stations. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [12 September 2017]

Plaque Honoring Slain Opposition Politician Nemtsov Removed In Moscow
A plaque honoring slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov that was placed on his apartment building in Moscow has been removed after less than one week. Activist Tatyana Tikhonovich wrote on Facebook that the plaque placed on the wall of the apartment building went missing on September 12. Meanwhile, Igor Beketov, the leader of a radical pro-Kremlin activist group called SERB, wrote on the VKontakte social network that the plaque was removed by SERB members and handed over to Moscow police. The plaque read "Politician Boris Nemtsov -- who was murdered by a hired killer on February 27, 2015 -- lived here." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [12 September 2017]

Jehovah’s Witnesses Appeal Russia's 'Extremist' Label
The Jehovah’s Witnesses have lodged an appeal with Russia's Supreme Court after being added to an "extremist" registry alongside banned terrorist organizations, the court told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday. Russia’s Justice Ministry added the religious group to a registry of banned organizations last month after the Supreme Court ruled in April to formally ban the group. The judgement forced 396 registered Jehovah’s Witnesses branches across Russia to dissolve. The Jehovah’s Witnesses said on their website on Monday that the Supreme Court has three months to consider the appeal. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [12 September 2017]

European Court of Human Rights intervenes over Russia’s abduction of 19-year-old Ukrainian
The European Court of Human Rights has given Russia until September 25 to provide medical documents for Pavlo Hryb [or Gryb], the young Ukrainian whom Russia is believed to have forcibly taken from Belarus and imprisoned. Since Pavlo has serious health problems, the Court in Strasbourg’s move is of critical importance. Russia has been asked to provide information about Hryb’s current state of health, the medical treatment prescribed by his doctors, as well as the medical treatment that he has actually received. It appears that thus far he has received none. The letter is dated 11 September, and it is almost certainly no coincidence that it was only on that day that lawyer Andrei Sabinin was finally allowed to see the young man who was abducted after he reached Gomel in Belarus on August 24. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [12 September 2017]

Russian tax service files $70 million lawsuit against William Browder
Russia’s Federal Tax Service has lodged a lawsuit seeking to recover over 4 billion rubles (about $70 million) from Hermitage Capital head William Browder and his business partner Ivan Cherkasov charged with tax evasion, according to the court’s documents read out in a Moscow court on Tuesday. Browder has been charged with several economic crimes, including deliberate bankruptcy and tax evasion, his attorney Alexander Antipov has told RAPSI earlier. Investigation into Browder was completed within the shortest possible time, from February 8 to 17, 2017, the lawyer added. However, neither the defendant nor his legal team were notified about investigation. According to Antipov, this fact exemplifies “secret justice” and violates the law. [...]
Source: RAPSI [12 September 2017]

Kadyrov's statements on Myanmar result in Muslims’ detentions in Russia
139 participants of an unsanctioned action in support of Myanmar Muslims were detained in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, September 10. Protocols on administrative offences were drawn up against 32 people; they were accused of petty hooliganism and violation of residence rules for foreign citizens and stateless persons, the Petersburg edition “” reports. According to the edition, an application for holding a rally was submitted to the city Mayoralty; however, its officials refused to sanction the applied Muslims’ rally. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [11 September 2017]