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16 May 2017

posted 16 May 2017, 11:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 May 2017, 11:26 ]
Chechnya accused of 'gay genocide' in ICC complaint
Three French gay rights groups have accused the Russian republic of Chechnya of a policy of genocide towards gay people in a complaint filed at the International Criminal Court. They have blamed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and state officials for a "wave of persecution". They cited the case of a teenaged male thrown out of a ninth-storey window, allegedly because of his sexuality. Chechen officials have denied that gay people even exist in the republic. [...]
Source: BBC [16 May 2017]

Navalny Supporter In Tatarstan Is Jailed For 10 Days
KAZAN -- A court in Russia's Tatarstan region has ordered a local activist to serve 10 days in jail in connection with a rally in support of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny. In a May 15 ruling, the court in Kazan ruled that Albert Abuzarov violated legislation on public gatherings and refused to obey police requests. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [16 May 2017]

Russia Is Getting a Patriotic Council to Fight 'Cultural Extremism'
The Russian parliament is getting a new council to advise the country's top officials on morality, patriotism and "cultural extremism." The new State Duma Council for Culture, Religion and Interethnic Relations will report to Parliamentary Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, Russian tabloid Izvestia reported Tuesday. Its remit is expected to include monitoring society's "moral climate," "preventing cultural extremism" and promoting "patriotic education," sources told the outlet. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [16 May 2017]