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15 May 2017

posted 15 May 2017, 11:41 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 May 2017, 11:49 ]
Leader Of 1953 Soviet Gulag Uprising Dies In Ukraine At 90
One of the leaders of the 1953 Norilsk uprising, a major protest by inmates of the Soviet gulag prison-camp system, has died in Ukraine at the age of 90. Yevhen Hrytsyak died in the western region of Ivano-Frankivsk on May 14. Hrytsyak was a leader of protests by thousands of inmates over prison conditions and alleged torture at several labor camps near Norilsk, a frigid mining city 400 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, shortly after Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's death. The uprising lasted from May 26 to August 4, 1953. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [15 May 2017]

Stalin Portrait Goes Up At Moscow Subway Station
A portrait of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has been hung at a Moscow subway station in celebration of the 82nd anniversary of the opening of the Russian capital’s underground transport network. The portrait appeared at the entrance of the Sokolniki subway station in northeastern Moscow on May 14 as part of a historical recreation of the opening of the Moscow Metropolitan on May 15, 1935. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [15 May 2017]

Moscow protests over demolition of Soviet-era homes

Thousands of people took to Moscow's streets to protest against plans to demolish their Soviet-era homes. The three- to five-storey Soviet apartments are nicknamed "khrushchovki" after the former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Moscow's plan to demolish the blocks and resettle nearly a million people has met stiff opposition. Opponents claim their rights are being ignored and many fear they will not be compensated fairly by the state. [...]
Source: BBC [14 May 2017]

One man killed in shootout in Dagestan
A suspected militant has been killed in a suburb of Makhachkala, while policemen tried to detain him, a source reports. According to the source, the man opened fire at the policemen. The shootout occurred when the policemen tried to stop a car to check the driver's documents, the RIA "Novosti" reports with reference to a source from the law enforcement agencies of Dagestan. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [14 May 2017]

Chechen MIA: information on harassment of gays in republic not confirmed
The law enforcement agencies of Chechnya did not receive any complaints about harassment and killings of persons of nonconventional sexual orientation on the territory of the republic. This was reported by Ruslan Alkhanov, Chechen Minister of Internal Affairs. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 1, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" reported about mass detentions in Chechnya of men suspected of unconventional sexual orientation. Later, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" reported with reference to gays persecuted in Chechnya that in Argun, a "secret prison" had been arranged for people with unconventional sexual orientation. According to the "Radio Liberty", another similar prison, where members of sexual minorities are beaten and humiliated, is located in the Chechen village of Tsotsi-Yurt. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [13 May 2017]