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13 June 2017

posted 13 Jun 2017, 08:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Jun 2017, 15:20 ]
Russia Criticized For Detaining More Than 1,500 Anticorruption Protesters
The United States, the European Union, and human rights groups have condemned the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters across Russia. An estimated 1,560 supporters of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny were detained during the June 12 anticorruption demonstrations in cities and towns nationwide, including 866 detained in Moscow and 548 detained in St. Petersburg. OVD-Info, a Moscow-based nongovernmental organization that monitors police actions at protests, said most of the detainees had been released by early on June 13. However, France's AFP news agency reported that "many people still awaited processing while others were shuttled to court for hearings" on June 13. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [13 June 2017]

Chechen Man Sentenced For Politkovskaya's Murder Dies In Prison

Relatives of a Chechen man convicted of organizing the 2006 murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya say he has died in prison. Lom-Ali Gaitukayev's relatives told the Caucasian Knot website on June 13 that they thought he most likely died as a result of being beaten at a maximum-security penal colony in Russia's western region of Vologda. Gaitukayev's nephew, Temirlan Gaitukayev, said his uncle always had bruises on his face when he would visit him in the penal colony. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [13 June 2017]

Disgraced EuroMaidan Special Forces Reappear at Moscow Protests
Former members of Ukraine's special forces, known as Berkut, were sighted working as OMON riot police at yesterday's anti-corruption protests in Russia, reported Ukrainian news outlet The photograph of a man originally appearing in a photo gallery by the Doszhd TV news outlet were matched with photographs taken in Kiev during the Maidan protests. The man is identified as Sergei Kusyuk. In photos provided by, Kusyuk is seen issuing orders over his radio. He is said to have ordered violent dispersals of protestors in Ukraine in 2013. In another incident, a member of the OMON riot police reportedly told a protestor he would break his camera if he continued taking pictures. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [13 June 2017]

Russian activist Belousov seeks reversal of judgment in Bolotnaya riot case
Yaroslav Belousov, who was convicted of participation in Moscow's 2012 Bolotnaya riots, has filed a motion with the Supreme Court seeking to revoke his sentence, his attorney Dmitry Agranovsky told RAPSI on Tuesday. According to the lawyer, the petition was lodged based on the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). In March, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights dismissed an application filed by Russia seeking to review the case of Belousov. Therefore, the ECHR ruling on two Belousov’s complaints has taken effect. [...]
Source: RAPSI [13 June 2017]

Russia protests: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny sentenced
Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 30 days' administrative arrest for repeatedly violating the law on staging rallies. He was detained at his home in Moscow earlier on Monday, ahead of anti-corruption demonstrations in Russia. Hundreds of people were held during the gatherings across the country. Riot police in central Moscow were picking protesters out of the crowd at random, a BBC correspondent at the demonstration has said. [...]
Source: BBC [12 June 2017]

In Makhachkala, "Caucasian Knot" correspondent attacked at rally of Alexei Navalny's supporters
In Makhachkala, a "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was attacked while she was shooting on video the preparation for the anticorruption rally, and her video camera was damaged. Meanwhile, law enforcers did not infer with the incident. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the rally in Makhachkala is not sanctioned by the city authorities. Today, its organizer Marat Ismailov was brought to a police station, where he was obliged to write a recognizance to refuse committing unlawful acts. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [12 June 2017]

Makhachkala residents state that policemen disrupted anti-corruption rally. 
Eight persons, who had intended to take part in the rally, were detained in Makhachkala. The rally itself was in fact disrupted – activists were detained immediately after they took out their posters. The authorities ignore anti-corruption demands, residents of Dagestan have complained. Earlier, in Makhachkala, policemen detained Magomed Bagomedov, one of the organizers of the rally, who tried to start the event and deployed a black-and-red flag. Also, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was attacked by unidentified persons, who damaged his video camera. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [12 June 2017]

In Sochi, police disperse action of Alexei Navalny's supporters
About 50 supporters of Alexei Navalny were detained in Sochi. Today, in total, about 100 people have come to the anticorruption action in the city. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that participants in the anticorruption rally in Krasnodar compiled a resolution with the demands for resignation of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev and admission of Alexei Navalny to the presidential election of 2018. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [12 June 2017]