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14 July 2017

posted 14 Jul 2017, 08:52 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Jul 2017, 09:31 ]

Report: Russian Police Compel Young Demonstrators To Complete Questionnaire
Russian police have created a special questionnaire for youths who participated in anticorruption rallies organized by opposition politician Aleksei Navalny in March, according to a report by the RBK information agency. The agency interviewed several Moscow teenagers who said they and their parents were ordered to fill out a questionnaire consisting of 60 questions regarding the children's upbringing, members of their families, their political views, their background, the families' financial situation, how they learned about the Navalny's rallies, and other personal questions. The RBK posted images of the list of questions on its website. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [14 July 2017]

In Disturbing Video, Men Beaten, Forced To Apologize To Daghestani Leader
Two men in Russia's North Caucasus region of Daghestan have been beaten and forced to offer apologies after they publicly insulted the region's leader, Ramazan Abdulatipov. On July 13, the two young men appeared in a video with badly beaten faces and two men standing by them. They are compelled to apologize to Abdulatipov and ask for forgiveness. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [14 July 2017]

Russian Court Rules Tatar Activist To Remain Under Police Control After Prison Release
A leading Tatar activist will remain under police supervision for eight years after his expected release from prison later this year. In what lawyers are describing as an unprecedented decision, a court in Russia's Komi region ruled on July 11 that Rafis Kashapov, chairman of the Tatar Public Center, be barred from political and public activities for eight years under parole-like supervision. Kashapov's lawyer, Ruslan Garifullin, told RFE/RL on July 13 that Russian law allows postsentence restrictions placed on those who "systematically violate penitentiary regulations," but being placed under police supervision for eight years is unprecedented in Russia. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [14 July 2017]

Convicted Pokemon Go player added to terror blacklist
Videoblogger Ruslan Sokolovsky sentenced for playing Pokemon Go in a church was added to the list of active terrorists and extremists, the Federal Financial Monitoring Service announced on its website on Friday. All bank accounts of Sokolovsky have been blocked, his attorney Alexey Bushmakov wrote on his Facebook page. On May 22, Sokolovsky was found guilty of inciting hatred, violation of religious rights and illegal possession of special technical means intended for obtaining secret information. On July 7, a court in Yekaterinburg on Friday reduced the young man’s suspended sentence from 3.5 to 2 years and 3 months. [...]

Source: RAPSI [14 July 2017]

Chechnya's Kadyrov Criticizes Convictions Of Nemtsov Killers
Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-installed head of the North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya, has criticized the recent conviction and sentencing of five Chechens for the 2015 murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. According to a statement posted on the Chechen government's website, Kadyrov told a government meeting on July 13 that the five men were convicted on "doubtful evidence." Kadryov reportedly said he was surprised that prosecutors sought a life sentence for the convicted triggerman, Zaur Dadayev, as he could not recall a similar punishment being handed down in comparable criminal cases. In a video recorded after the meeting, Kadyrov described the men as "completely innocent." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [14 July 2017]

Moscow Police Closes Investigation Into Green Paint Attack on Navalny
The Moscow prosecutor's office has ended an investigation into an attack on opposition politician and presidential hopeful Alexei Navalny, citing their inability to find the perpetrators, Navalny wrote on his blog on Thursday. An attacker threw a green antiseptic, known as zelyonka, at Navalny’s face on April 27 as he was leaving the office of his Anti-Corruption Foundation. The politician partially lost his sight, had to be hospitalized, and later underwent eye surgery in Spain. The decision to end the criminal case was made on June 13, a day after the Navalny-led opposition held unauthorized anti-corruption protests across the country. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [14 July 2017]

State Duma ratifies Convention on confiscation of proceeds from crime
The State Duma has ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism, the website of the lower house of parliament reads on Friday. The State Duma Committee recommended to ratify the Convention on July 10. On June 26, President Vladimir Putin submitted the Convention to the lower house of Russian parliament for ratification. [...]

Source: RAPSI [14 July 2017]

Russian Police Vows to Prevent World Cup Fans Going Semi-Nude
Russian police will adopt a zero-tolerance approach towards “half-naked” crowds in the cities hosting FIFA 2018 World Cup matches next summer, a high-ranking Interior Ministry official told the State Duma on Thursday. “There will be no half-naked people roaming the streets and squares of our Russian cities,” Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Gorovoi was cited as saying by the news agency Interfax. “These cases will be rigidly suppressed.” Improperly dressed and drunk people will be removed from public spaces, he added, while complaining of low resources. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [14 July 2017]

Guards at Volgograd War Memorial Complain Of Hazing and Abuse
Soldiers in an elite military unit in Volgograd guarding а World War II memorial have complained of beatings, extortion and other forms of hazing. After reports about the abuses came to the attention of Mother’s Right Foundation, a human rights organization, officers confiscated soldiers’ cell phones to prevent further leaks, the local news outlet reported on Thursday. “Soldiers serving in unit 22220 and their parents complained that commanders extort money from subordinates and torment those who refuse to obey,” head of the human rights group, Nina Ponomaryova, told [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [14 July 2017]

Advocates in Boris Nemtsov's murder case to challenge the verdict
Advocates intend to appeal against the decision of the court, which sentenced defendants in the case on the Boris Nemtsov's murder to long terms of imprisonment. Till present, representatives of the victim party and public prosecutors have not yet decided on the plans concerning the verdict. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that today, in the case on the Boris Nemtsov's murder, the court sentenced five defendants to 11-20 years of imprisonment. Zaur Dadaev, whom investigators treat as a killer of Boris Nemtsov, was sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in a penal colony. Public prosecutor requested to sentence Zaur Dadaev to life imprisonment. Anna Byuarchieva, a defender of Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, treats the verdict as unfair "especially in relation to Eskerkhanov and Bakhaev, the evidence of whose innocence was presented." [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [13 July 2017]

Eyewitnesses report detentions of Makhachkala mosque-goers
In Makhachkala, about 15 Muslims were detained after a night prayer at "Tangyim" mosque. This was reported by Imam Nigmatulla Radjabov. According to one of the believers, some detainees were released after questioning. The detentions took place immediately after the prayer, and law enforcers were waiting for the believers coming out of the mosque, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was told by Nigmatulla Radjabov, Imam of the mosque. According to him, the believers were detained on the pretext of checking their IDs, and when some of them produced their IDs, the law enforcers refused to check them at the place and referred to the need to check the IDs only at a police station. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [13 July 2017]

Balagov announces screening of "Tesnota" in Nalchik
The film "Tesnota" (Tightness) was purchased for screening in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, despite the prohibition imposed by the director Kantemir Balagov. The screening will start on August 3. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Balagov had forbidden the screening of his film in Nalchik, motivating it with the reaction of city authorities. The townspeople had treated his decision as strange. "Absolutely unexpected news for me: the movie theatre 'Deya' has bought the film 'Tesnota' for screening, which means that since August 3 it can be watched in Nalchik," Mr Balagov wrote in his Facebook. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [12 July 2017]