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13 July 2017

posted 13 Jul 2017, 08:49 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Jul 2017, 11:17 ]
Boris Nemtsov murder: Five Chechens jailed for attack
A Chechen gunman and four accomplices have been given long jail sentences for the killing of leading Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov near the Kremlin. Zaur Dadayev was jailed for 20 years by a Moscow military court while the others were given 11 to 19 years. A vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, Nemtsov, 55, was shot dead in February 2015. His family fear the person who ordered the murder may never be caught. [...]
Source: BBC [13 July 2017]

Putin Critic Navalny Says Security Service Tracking His Children
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny complains his wife and two children are being tracked by the security services, but says he's not afraid to challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency whatever the risks. Navalny, a 41-year-old lawyer who has organized the biggest anti-Kremlin protests in years, hopes to run against Putin in a presidential election in March and told Reuters he planned to call for more big anti-government demonstrations. "My mood is generally really positive," said Navalny. "I have 125,000 volunteers, people turn out to demonstrate, they are detained, campaign literature is confiscated. (But) I see that people support us." [...]
Source: New York Times [via Reuters; 13 July 2017]

The Russian Federation’s Law on Foreign Agents contravenes human rights
“The Russian Federation’s legislative framework on non-commercial organisations is incompatible with international and European human rights standards”, writes the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, in his observations submitted to the European Court of Human Rights and published today on a group of cases which challenge the so-called “Law on Foreign Agents”. [...]
Source: Council of Europe [13 July 2017]

European Commissioner believes Russian “foreign agents” law impedes human rights
The Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, has criticized Russian “foreign agents” law noting that it hindered human rights in the country and had a profoundly negative impact on related organizations, according to the CoE document published on Thursday. The law adopted in Russia in November 2012 requires that all NGOs engaged in political activity and receiving foreign funding register as “foreign agents”. [...]

Source: RAPSI [13 July 2017]

Russia seeks ECHR ruling in Beslan terror attack case to be overturned
Russia’s Justice Ministry has filed a request to refer a case of victims of terror attack on a school in the Russian town of Beslan to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for review, the Ministry’s press-release reads on Thursday. On April 13, ECHR obliged Russian authorities to pay the terror attack victims about €3 million in compensation and €88,792 of costs and expenses. [...]
Source: RAPSI [13 July 2017]

Russian human rights ombudsman seeks release of disabled convict
Russia's High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova has filed a petition with the Moscow City Court seeking release of Anton Mamayev, a wheelchair person sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for armed robbery, the ombudsman’s website announced on Thursday. Moreover, Moskalkova has lodged a request with the Federal Penitentiary Service to speed up medical examination of the convict. [...] 

Source: RAPSI [13 July 2017]

Outrage after disabled Russian man jailed for assault
The imprisonment of a severely disabled man for violent assault in Moscow has outraged many social media users in Russia. Anton Mamaev, 28, suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a rare condition which requires him to use a wheelchair, without which he is almost completely immobile. Despite this fact, Mamaev was found guilty of assaulting a former special forces officer and stealing his motorised scooter. [...]

Source: BBC [12 July 2017]

Russia weaponizes citizenship against Oleg Sentsov & other Crimean political prisoners
Oleg Sentsov turns 41 on July 13. It will be his third birthday in Russian captivity. Please write to him! (details on how at the bottom) 
After invading Crimea and faking a ‘referendum’ on ‘joining’ Russia, Moscow is applying strictly selective Russification in its persecution of Ukrainians. While it has banned or even deported some Crimean Tatars from their homeland as Ukrainian citizens, it is falsely claiming that Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko automatically’ become Russian citizens. That, at least, is the current story which, like all of Moscow’s claims regarding Ukraine is varied as required. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [13 July 2017]

Founder of NGO-TV leaves Russia for the present after arrest of channel presenter
Human rights defender and founder of NGO-TV Temur Kobaliya has left Russia for a time after the arrest of Aleksandr Batmanov, a staff member at the channel. Speaking to Radio Svoboda, Kobaliya said that he had gone to Georgia since he fears possible provocations. "To reduce the risks, I decided to leave in any case. If the police had wanted to talk with me, they would have summoned me in the usual way, they could have called me on the phone. I never hide," Kobaliya said. He pointed out that on 18 July the Georgia-Russia forum, which he heads, will take place in Tblisi. [...]

Source: Radio Svoboda [translated from Russian; 13 July 2017]

Court makes Boris Stomakhin's detention regime more severe
The court has made the detention regime more severe for Boris Stomakhin, sentenced for a material about the terror acts in Volgograd. His serving of a sentence at a high-security penal colony was replaced with detention in prison. His advocate has announced the intention to appeal against the court's decision. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 20, 2015, Boris Stomakhin was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for publication of a material about the terror acts committed in Volgograd on December 29-30, 2014. According to investigators, Boris Stomakhin publicly acquitted terrorism. At the time of the trial, Boris Stomakhin was serving his sentence under a similar charge, pronounced on April 22, 2014. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [12 July 2017]

Independent psychologists not allowed visiting Boris Stomakhin, his defence reports
The administration of the penal colony, where Boris Stomakhin, sentenced for public justification of terrorism, is serving his sentence, does not allow independent psychologists visiting him. This was reported by advocate Roman Kachanov. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 20, 2015, Boris Stomakhin was sentenced to three years of imprisonment for publication about the terror acts committed in Volgograd on December 29-30, 2014. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [12 July 2017]

Rape victim's mother gives interview to "Caucasian Knot" blogger, ICRF starts criminal proceedings
In a video interview to a blogger of the "Caucasian Knot", Zalina Dudueva, a resident of Vladikavkaz, has reported a story of her daughter, who suffers from a disease of autistic spectrum. According to the woman, her daughter was repeatedly subjected to sexual violence, but her complaints to the law enforcement agencies produced no result. On the other day after the publication of the interview, the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) instituted a criminal case under Article "Violent acts of sexual nature". According to the woman, her daughter was repeatedly subjected to violent acts of sexual nature, while she with other children received medical treatment in Moscow. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [12 July 2017]

Witness: Beaten by Police in Moscow
Protester Yulia Galyamina was hospitalized after a severe blow to the head
Yulia Galyamina and Nikolai Tuzhilin on the ground with riot police officials next to them. Moscow, July 2017 © 2017 Maxim Shemetov/ReutersWhen I spoke to Yulia Galyamina, she was in the hospital with a concussion and other injuries received after a riot police officer hit her in the face with a powerful blow. She still felt dizzy and achy, and several of her teeth were wobbly. As she recalled the events of that afternoon, Yulia, who is in her mid-40s, was often close to crying. It happened on June 12th, Russia Day, a public holiday. The municipality organized entertainment in central Moscow, including on Tverskaya Street, the main thoroughfare. Then, a leading opposition politician, Alexei Navalny, called his supporters to gather there for an anti-corruption protest. The authorities refused to approve the rally and warned that its participants would be detained. [...]
Source: Human Rights Watch [7 July 2017]