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13 November 2017

posted 13 Nov 2017, 10:48 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 13 Nov 2017, 10:56 ]
Blogger Sentenced for Criticizing Russian Aid to Ukrainian Citizens
A court in St. Petersburg has sentenced a blogger for a social media post in which he criticized Russian support for Ukrainian refugees. Anatoly Pleshanov was added to a terrorism list in 2016 after he allegedly wrote an incendiary post on the popular social media site VK, the Moscow-based SOVA research center said Monday in an online statement. According to official accounts, Russia has spent at least 5 billion rubles ($84 million) on aid for Ukrainians who have fled the ongoing conflict in their country. Russia has been accused of fomenting the conflict in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and the Kiev regime following the toppling of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych — a claim Russia denies. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [13 November 2017]

Lawmaker Says Russia Working On Legislation To Label Media Outlets 'Foreign Agents'
A senior Russian lawmaker says that parliament is developing legislation under which government-supported foreign media could be deemed "foreign agents" in Russia. Andrei Isayev's remarks on November 13 followed multiple warnings from Moscow that it will respond to what it says is U.S. pressure on state-funded Russian outlets RT and Sputnik in the United States. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [13 November 2017]

Sochi: coordinator of Navalny's office beaten up
Tonight, Konstantin Zykov, the coordinator of Alexei Navalny's office in Sochi, was attacked at the entrance to the office. Zykov has noted that the police accepted his application very reluctantly. According to his story, today, at about 6:00 p.m., a man attacked him from behind not far from the entrance to the Navalny's office, located in Roz Street. The attacker took him by the left shoulder and twice punched his face, the activist told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [11 November 2017]

Court upholds fine imposed on "Open Russia" Krasnodar coordinator
The Leninsky District Court of Krasnodar has upheld the decision of the magistrate court, according to which Yana Antonova, a coordinator of the movement "Open Russia" in Krasnodar, is to pay a fine of 15,000 roubles for her membership in an "undesirable organization." The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that a case was instituted against Yana Antonova under Article 20.33 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation (activities of a foreign or international NGO recognized as undesirable in the territory of Russia). On June 21, in Krasnodar, the magistrate court found the activist guilty of having relationships with the British organization of the same name, which was declared undesirable by the General Prosecutor's Office of Russia. The court pronounced the decision to fine the activist by 15,000 roubles. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [11 November 2017]
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