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18 April 2017

posted 18 Apr 2017, 08:45 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Apr 2017, 09:06 ]
Journalist Semena's Trial Adjourned After Brief Hearing
The trial of Crimean journalist Mykola Semena -- an RFE/RL contributor charged by Crimea's Russian-imposed authorities of writing an article that support separatism -- has been adjourned until May 3 after a brief court session on April 18. One witness who was called by the prosecution actually testified against Semena on April 18. Two other witnesses who had been called by the prosecution failed to appear in court. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [18 April 2017]

Alleged Mastermind Of Plot To Kill Kadyrov Charged In Absentia
Isa Yamadayev, who seven years ago accused Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov of ordering the murders of his brothers Ruslan and Sulim, has been charged in absentia with plotting the revenge killing of Kadyrov, according to the news portal Rosbalt. Kadyrov's own press spokesman had dismissed the initial reports of such a plot as "untrue from beginning to end," and details that subsequently emerged are fragmentary and in some cases contradictory. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [author: Liz Fuller; 18 April 2017]

Social media user receives suspended sentence for calls to separatism
A court in the capital of Russia’s Republic of Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, has given civil society activist Vladimir Khagdayev a 3-year suspended sentence for a post of a separatist nature on Vkontakte social network, attorney Viktor Laperdin told RAPSI on Tuesday. According to investigators, between September 2014 and January 2015, Khagdayev, who had personal beliefs aimed at unification of Mongolian nations in one state, published an image containing quotation from the video interview of a St. Petersburg journalist and two comments. Experts found that the post and comments were pushing for actions aimed at Buryatia’s secession. [...]

Source: RAPSI [18 April 2017]

Russian Math Instructor Faces Criminal Charges for Online Posts He Says He Didn't Write
Dmitry Bogatov faces charges of inciting mass disorder and terrorism in a series of online posts that appear to have been written by someone using Bogatov's IP address through the Tor internet anonymizer, raising questions about the security of Tor and other similar services in Russia. Bogatov, a 25-year-old mathematics instructor and free and open-source software advocate, is accused of “preparing to organize mass disorder” and making “public calls for terrorist activity” via a series of online posts on March 29—posts that multiple Russian news sources are reporting someone else likely made while using Tor with Bogatov’s exit node. [...]
Source: Global Voices [18 April 2017]

Flight Attendants Lose Discrimination Suit Against Russian Airline Aeroflot
A Moscow court has dismissed a discrimination lawsuit against Russian air carrier Aeroflot for reportedly demoting "unattractive" flight attendants. Flight attendant Irina Yerusalimskaya sued Aeroflot for imposing regulations on stewardess' weight, height and clothing size, the TASS news agency reported Tuesday. She demanded that the regulations be abolished and 1 million rubles ($17,840) in compensation, the report said. Several flight attendants came forward with the allegations that Aeroflot had demoted them due to their age or size in February 2017. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [18 April 2017]

Russia's Pobeda Airline Faces Investigation After Refusing Disabled Passenger
Russian budget airline Pobeda is under investigation after refusing to let a disabled child and his mother board a flight in Moscow. The two-year-old boy, who has cerebral palsy, was barred from a flight to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport on April 14. Pobeda employees told the child’s mother that the airline had to be informed in advance before “transporting a child with a serious illness.”  The company has since said that the decision was made due to “a malfunction with passenger data" and that the woman and her son were offered an alternative flight departing the next day. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [18 April 2017]

Crimean Tatar political prisoner punished in Russia for refusal to act as informer
Rustem Vaitov has spent 45 days of the last 2 months in a Russian prison punishment cell, with the three 15-day sentences clearly due to his refusal to collaborate with the prison administration by spying and informing on other prisoners. The information first became available when his lawyer Edem Semedlyaev was able to visit him at the Kurgan prison colony at the end of March, and has now been confirmed by the local monitoring group who saw him on April 6. It seems likely that the other two political prisoners – Ferat Saifullaev and Nuri Primov – moved to Russian prisons at the same time have received similar treatment. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [18 April 2017]