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19 July 2017

posted 19 Jul 2017, 12:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Jul 2017, 12:48 ]

State Duma Toughens Punishment For 'Carousel' Voting
Russia's lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a bill that toughens punishment for "carousel" voting, when voters cast ballots repeatedly at different polling stations. The bill approved on July 19 in its final, third reading, must now be approved by the parliament's upper chamber, the Federation Council, and signed into law by President Vladimir Putin. According to the bill, illegally issuing and obtaining a ballot will be punished by up to five years in jail. Fines for election officials who allow "carousel" voting will be increased from 200,000 rubles ($3,400) to as much as 500,000 rubles ($8,400). [...]
Source: RFE/RL [19 July 2017]

State Duma Passes Law to Strip Terrorists of Russian Citizenship
The State Duma has unanimously approved legislation allowing naturalized foreigners convicted of terrorism-related charges to be stripped of their citizenship, the TASS state-funded news agency reports. The amendments to Russia’s citizenship law were passed after its third reading on Wednesday, the website said. The proposal was introduced following a deadly terrorist attack in the St. Petersburg metro, in which 14 people were killed in April. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [19 July 2017]

Opposition’s Roizman Drops out of Governor’s Race, Calls for Election Boycott
Opposition politician and Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman has dropped out of the Sverdlovsk region’s gubernatorial race, after failing to gather enough support from local deputies. Immediately after announcing the decision, Roizman expressed his grievances with the electoral system on Twitter and called for a boycott of the election slated for Sept. 10. "These are not elections,” he wrote. “This is the deception of voters and role-playing games. I think honest people should not take part in this. These elections need to be boycotted.” [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [19 July 2017]

Disabled convict Mamayev released from jail
Moscow’s Timiryazevsky District Court ruled on Wednesday that Anton Mamayev, a disabled and wheelchair-bound man who had been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for armed robbery, should be released from jail. Mamayev's detention was changed to travel restrictions. On Monday, the court received medical examination results of Mamayev submitted by the Federal Penitentiary Service. According to the medical report, he is suffering from an illness included in the list of diseases that prevent serving of punishment. [...]
Source: RAPSI [19 July 2017]

Kadyrov accuses human defenders of inflating rumours about gays in Chechnya
In his interview to a US TV Channel, Ramzan Kadyrov has claimed that the information about the persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya is being disseminated by human rights organizations which are counting on making money on that. The full interview with the leader of Chechnya was shown by the HBO TV Channel on Tuesday, July 18. In his interview, the leader of Chechnya accused of corruption the human rights activists engaged in dissemination of the information about the persecution of gay men in the republic. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [19 July 2017]

Don’t Tolerate the Intolerable from Chechnya’s Strongman Kadyrov
Kadyrov was making vile threats long before his HBO interview. It’s time for international action
In his recent interview with the U.S. cable network HBO, Chechnya’s strongman Ramzan Kadyrov dismissed the anti-gay-purge allegations as nonsense, denied the very existence of gay people in this southern Russian region with a population of over one million, and candidly promised to “put the whole world on its knees and screw it from behind.”  His brazen comments may have shocked international audiences, but the Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists on July 17 that “nothing out of the ordinary has been said.” [...]
Source: Human Rights Watch [19 July 2017]

Witness: Russia’s New Normal
An Increase in Prosecutions for Social Media Posts is Silencing Russia’s Citizens
Russia has introduced significant restrictions to online speech and invasive surveillance of online activity and prosecutes critics under the guise of fighting extremism.
When Ekaterina Vologzheninova posted a satirical cartoon criticizing Russia’s involvement in Ukraine on her social media page, she had no idea what was coming next or that she would end up with a criminal record. After all, she only had four followers. [...]
Source: Human Rights Watch [18 July 2017]

Russia: Assault on Freedom of Expression
Repressive Laws and Policies Restrict Online Speech, Stifle Critical Voices
Russia has introduced significant restrictions to online speech and invasive surveillance of online activity and prosecutes critics under the guise of fighting extremism, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 83-page report, “Online and On All Fronts: Russia’s Assault on Freedom of Expression,” documents Russian authorities’ stepped-up measures aimed at bringing the internet under greater state control. [...]
Source: Human Rights Watch [18 July 2017]

ECtHR accepts Varvara Karaulova's complaint for consideration
The complaint filed by Varvara Karaulova and communicated by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) states numerous violations committed during the preliminary investigation and claims an unreasonably cruel verdict. This was reported by an advocate of Varvara Karaulova. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [18 July 2017]