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17 April 2017

posted 17 Apr 2017, 14:08 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Apr 2017, 14:27 ]
Russian journalist flees Moscow following threats
Russian authorities should immediately and thoroughly investigate threats made against Elena Milashina, an investigative journalist for the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta and a former correspondent for the Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ said today. In an April 15 interview with The Washington Post, Milashina said that she left Moscow following threats to Novaya Gazeta's staff since she reported earlier this month that gay men were being detained and tortured in Chechnya. [...]
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists [17 April 2017]

Chechnya Opens Investigation Into Kidnappings, Murders of Gays

The regional prosecutor's office in Chechnya will investigate reports that local authorities are carrying out mass arrests of suspected gay men in the North Caucasian republic. The Chechen prosecutor launched the investigation after the Novaya Gazeta newspaper published its shocking report on anti-gay repressions, Russia's State Prosecutor's office told the RIA Novosti news agency. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [17 April 2017]

Russian Theaters Could Face Fines For 'Offended Feelings'

Russian theaters and museums could soon face fines for failing to “protect visitors' feelings” at controversial exhibitions. New proposals to protect Russia's “high moral values” could be submitted to Russia's parliament for approval within a few months, Russian tabloid Izvestia reported Monday. The legislation has already been marked as a secular extension of Russia's existing legislation to “protect the feelings of religious believers.” [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [17 April 2017]

Networks to Stop Capitalizing on ‘Raped Girls’
Russian federal investigators say the country’s mass media is making matters worse by devoting so much coverage and attention to child victims of rape and other violent crimes. On Monday, a senior advisor to the chairman of the Investigative Committee called for tougher controls on the media, when it comes to stories about minors targeted in serious crimes. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [17 April 2017]

President Putin introduces penalties for evidence forgery in administrative cases
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law introducing criminal punishment for falsification of evidence in administrative cases, the official website of legal information reads on Monday. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, adopted the bill in the third and final reading on April 5. The Federation Council approved the initiative on April 14. [...]
Source: RAPSI [17 April 2017]

Ruslan Zeitullaev rejects forced feeding, his advocate reports
Ruslan Zeitullaev, a defendant in the case of a "Hizb ut-Tahrir" unit, intends to continue his hunger strike at the SIZO (pre-trial prison) in Rostov-on-Don until all his demands are met. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on February 13, in Rostov-on-Don, a second trial began in the case of Ruslan Zeitullaev, who was charged with creating in Crimea a cell of the terrorist organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami", banned in Russia by court. On April 4, Ruslan Zeitullaev declared on a hunger strike in the courtroom of the North-Caucasian District Military Court. The defendant demands to stop the persecution of Crimean Tatars, to cancel the verdicts to Ferat Saifullaev, Rustem Vaitov, and Nuri Primov, found guilty of involvement in the terrorist organization "Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islami", and to extradite all four men to Ukraine. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [15 April 2017]

Two ecologists detained in Krasnodar
Oleg Desyatov, an activist of the "Ecological Watch for Northern Caucasus" (EcoWatch), and a female volunteer of the "Greenpeace" were detained during a search carried out on April 14 in an apartment of Pavel Suganeev, a resident of Krasnodar and a member of the "EcoWatch". This was reported by Alexei Avanesyan, an advocate of Pavel Suganeyev. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in the morning of April 14, Andrei Rudomakha, a coordinator of the "EcoWatch", reported that the police were carrying out a search in an apartment of one of the members of the "EcoWatch" in Krasnodar. Dmitry Shevchenko, the deputy coordinator of the "EcoWatch", associates the search with the case of defamation with regard to Alexander Remezkov, the former Deputy Governor of Kuban. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [15 April 2017]