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19 December 2017

posted 19 Dec 2017, 11:08 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Dec 2017, 11:19 ]
Russia To Grant Police Access to Bank Customers’ Biometric Data
Russia’s police and intelligence services will gain access to bank customers’ biometric data without their consent under new legislation making its way through the State Duma. Russia’s Communications Ministry and the Central Bank are overseeing a pilot project that will use personal biometric data to remotely verify bank account applications by late 2018. The Rostelecom state telecoms provider will operate the project, despite widespread concerns over state surveillance, data storage and privacy rights. [...]
Sourcce: The Moscow Times [19 December 2017]

Russian victims of domestic abuse forced to pay perpetrator’s fine
Rights campaigners condemn law that orders wife to pay spouse’s penalty for violence if they share bank account
Controversial amendments to Russian law decriminalised some forms of domestic violence in February. The changes mean violence against a spouse or children that results in bruising or bleeding but not broken bones is punishable by 15 days in prison or a fine of 30,000 rubles (£380) if they do not happen more than once a year. Previously, these offences carried a maximum jail sentence of two years. Marina Pisklakova-Parker, head of the Anna Centre, an NGO which provides support to victims of domestic abuse, told the Guardian women were “having to pay the fines of the perpetrator of the abuse, if the man does not pay”. [...]
Source: The Guardian [19 December 2017]

Law enforcers: leader of "Balakhani" militant grouping killed
Tonight, the law enforcement bodies have reported about a special operation in Dagestan, as a result of which two members of the armed underground were killed. The special operation takes place in the forest near the village of Igali in the Gumbet District. According to the National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC), one of the killed suspects has been preliminarily identified as Sharipov, the leader of the so-called "Balakhani" grouping of militants. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [19 December 2017]

Head of Russia’s Human Rights Council calls for amendments to law on ombudsman
The federal law on Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights must be amended, chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov said at the book exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the law adoption. According to Fedotov, legislators turned the ombudsman institution into a considerable legal entity. In 20 years of the institution’s development it managed to be formed in regions of Russia as well. At the same time there is a need for amendment of certain provisions, for example current penalty for obstructing the ombudsman’s work is extremely low, Fedotov believes. [...]
Source: RAPSI [19 December 2017]