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16 July 2018

posted 16 Jul 2018, 10:38 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Jul 2018, 11:12 ]
Rights defenders mark anniversary of Natalia Estemirova's murder
On the ninth anniversary of the death of Natalia Estemirova, a member of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" in Chechnya, rights defenders have declared their willingness to continue fighting to release their colleague Oyub Titiev, accused of drug possession. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 15, 2009, Natalia Estemirova, a member of the HRC) "Memorial" in Chechnya, was kidnapped in Grozny, taken to Ingushetia, and killed. "Our friend and colleague Natasha Estemirova was killed nine years ago. Today, instead of telling a story about Natasha, a real hero, the Grozny TV Channel will show a new film to expose the 'Memorial' and Oyub. And we will commemorate Natasha today and visit her grave at the cemetery (in the village of Koshkeldy, – note of the 'Caucasian Knot')," members of the HRC "Memorial" wrote in a message published in Telegram. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [16 July 2018]

World Cup: Pussy Riot protesters charged over pitch demonstration
Russian authorities have charged four members of the punk activist group Pussy Riot for disrupting the World Cup final by running onto the pitch. They are accused of violating the rules for spectators at sporting events and of wearing police uniforms illegally. The two offences carry maximum fines of 10,000 roubles (£121; $161) and 1,500 roubles, respectively. Pussy Riot said it was a protest against human rights abuses in Russia. Stewards hauled the four off the pitch. [...]
Source: BBC [16 July 2018]

Pussy Riot Claims Field Invasion At World Cup Final
The Russian protest performance group Pussy Riot has claimed responsibility for a pitch invasion during the football World Cup final. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [16 July 2018]

World Cup Stadium Grounds Washed Away by Rain
Heavy rainfall has washed away soil outside one of Russia’s World Cup stadiums before the football tournament ended on Sunday. Photos and videos on social media showed clay soil eroding around the $270-million Volgograd Arena, while footage from inside the venue depicted flooded stalls and staircases. Authorities declared a state of emergency Sunday after heavy rains nearly paralyzed the southern Russian city. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [16 July 2018]

Ukrainian gets jail sentence in Russia for involvement in a legal organization in Ukraine
Roman Ternovsky has been sentenced by a court in Rostov on the Don to two and a half years’ imprisonment for taking part in what Russia calls ‘extremist activities’. The charges, incredibly, pertain to Ternovsky’s involvement in his native Ukraine in Right Sector, an organization that is legal in Ukraine. The ‘indictment’ against Ternovsky, posted on the official website of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office does not even attempt to conceal the legal absurdity of this prosecution. “According to the investigators, the man, an active member of the extremist organization Right Sector which was banned by a Russian Supreme Court ruling on the territory of Russia, took part from September 2015 to December 2016 in anti-Russian protests on the territory of Ukraine.” Ternovsky went to Russia in December 2016 from where he is supposed to have posted on Facebook material “aimed at drawing attention to the extremist organization Right Sector”. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [16 July 2018]

Four alleged members of Hizb ut-Tahrir plead guilty to terrorism
Four alleged members of the St. Petersburg cell of Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist group banned in Russia have pleaded guilty to terrorist activity, RAPSI reports Monday from the Moscow District Military Court’s offsite hearing held in the Leningrad District Military Court. In total, there are eight defendants, who stand charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist organization, including citizens of Russia and Tajikistan. [...]
Source: RAPSI [16 July 2018]

Russia must ‘account for role’ in shooting down MH17, says G7
Statement comes on eve of summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and just before anniversary of 17 July 2014 air disaster
Russia must “account for its role” in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine and cooperate with efforts to establish truth and justice, foreign ministers of the world’s industrial democracies said on Sunday. The statement by the G7 ministers came on the eve of a summit between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, but also just before the anniversary of the 17 July 2014 air disaster which killed all 298 crew and passengers when the airliner was shot down. G7 ministers said a joint investigation into the crash had yielded “compelling, significant and deeply disturbing” findings on Russia’s involvement. [...]
Source: The Guardian [16 July 2018]

U.K. Watchdog Says Russia's RT Breached Broadcasting Code Again
British media regulator Ofcom says Russia's state-funded international television network, RT, broke Britain's broadcasting code when it presented tweets and e-mails sent by its own staff as coming from viewers of a current-affairs program. Ofcom's July 16 statement came as the watchdog continues an investigation into whether RT breached impartiality rules in its reporting about a nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [16 July 2018]

Slain Russian Tsar, Family Commemorated On 100th Anniversary Of Executions
Fresh genetic tests on the bones of Russia's last tsar and his family have confirmed their authenticity, Russian investigators announced on the eve of the 100th anniversary of their executions. Russia's Investigative Committee, which looks into serious crimes, announced on July 16 that the tests ordered by the Russian Orthodox Church "confirmed the remains found belonged to the former Emperor Nicholas II, his family members, and members of their entourage." Investigators noted that the body of Nicholas's father, Alexander III, had been exhumed in order to prove "they are father and son." The results could be a step toward the Russian Orthodox Church finally recognizing the bones and burying them with full rites. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [16 July 2018]

Co-Defendant In Navalny Embezzlement Case Reported Dead
Pyotr Ofitserov, a businessman who was a co-defendant in one of the criminal cases against Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, has reportedly died at the age of 43. Journalist Yevgenia Albats posted on Twitter on July 13 that Ofitserov had died, but she did not provide any details. The independent news website Meduza also reported the news. The daily Moskovsky Komsomolets reported on July 9 that Ofitserov had been hospitalized in serious condition with a concussion and head trauma. Doctors told the daily he'd suffered the injuries during a "fit" of unspecified nature. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [16 July 2018]