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20 April 2017

posted 20 Apr 2017, 22:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Apr 2017, 22:39 ]
Russia's Aeroflot airline accused of 'sex discrimination'
Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot is fighting a legal battle with several of its female flight attendants who say it favours slim and attractive cabin crew. A Moscow court on Tuesday rejected a sex discrimination claim by stewardess Irina Ierusalimskaya. [...]

Source: BBC [20 April 2017]

Russia court outlaws 'extremist' Jehovah's Witnesses
Russia's Supreme Court has accepted the government's request to designate Jehovah's Witnesses as an outlawed religious group, deeming it to be an extremist organisation. The justice ministry argued that the group had distributed pamphlets which incited hatred against other groups. Lawyers representing the group reject the claims and say they will appeal. [...]

Source: BBC [20 April 2017] 

Jehovah's Witnesses refute accusations of financing extremism
Today, at the trial on the liquidation of the Administrative Centre of Jehovah's Witnesses' in Russia as an extremist organization, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has presented documents on the Centre’s finances and stated that money was spent on extremism; however, was not able to justify its assertions. The advocates told about collection of data about the property of ordinary believers. The MoJ has noted, referring to documents, that over 2000 unregistered groups operate under the guidance of the Administrative Centre. The advocates explained that this is the internal spiritual structure of the Centre. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [19 April 2017]

Kremlin Downplays Reports Of Abuse Of Gay Men In Chechnya
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman sought to downplay evidence of a campaign of abuse targeting gay men in Chechnya, saying the Kremlin has "heard no confirmation" of reports that have prompted outrage in the West. Speaking to journalists on April 20, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin has no reason to doubt regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov's assurances that there is no persecution of gays in Chechnya. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [20 April 2017] 

"Free Word" links threats to “Novaya Gazeta” with Akhmednabiyev’s and Estemirova’s cases
Threats to journalists coming from Chechnya after publications about persecutions of members of the LGBT-community in the republic may harbinger of greater misfortune, said Nadezhda Azhgikhina, a member of the “Free Word” Association; and Alisa Ganieva, a member of the Association, has added that they would strengthen the support of the journalists, threatened for their honestly performed professional work. The "Free Word" Association is a group of writers, journalists and bloggers, who act in defence of the freedom of speech," Nadezhda Azhgikhina, who is also a member of the European Federation of Journalists, told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [19 April 2017] 

Russia Journalist Forced to Quit Over Facebook Post Slamming Diplomat
The editor of a newspaper in Russia's Far East has been fired for criticizing the Foreign Ministry on Facebook. The editor of “Evening Magadan,” a local paper in the Russian Far East port town Magadan, was forced to quit his job after criticizing the Russian Foreign Ministry on social media. Andrei Grishin says he was forced to resign as the paper’s editor after he spoke out against a speech made by Russian deputy envoy to the UN Vladimir Safronkov on Facebook. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [author Ola Cichowlas; 20 April 2017]

UN Court at the Hague orders Russia to stop persecuting Crimean Tatar Mejlis
The International Court of Justice’s decision on April 19 concerning Ukraine’s suit against Russia may have rejected one request for provisional measures, but its intercession on behalf of Crimean Tatars and other Ukrainians facing persecution in occupied Crimea and its recognition of jurisdiction on both claims made this an important victory for Ukraine. As one Ukrainian official put it, this was 3:1 in Ukraine’s favour. Optimism is not high among victims of discrimination under Russian occupation regarding practical implementation of the provisional measures, but it is undoubtedly important that the Court recognized the repression and the urgent need for preventive measures now. [...]

Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [20 April 2017] 

Russia refuses to investigate torture of Ukrainian it jailed in revenge for Euromaidan
Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected two cassation appeals against the overtly lawless imprisonment in Russia of a Ukrainian convicted of an unprovable ‘offence’ allegedly committed in the capital of Ukraine during Euromaidan. It cited the prison’s opinion about Oleksandr Kostenko’s ‘extremist ideology’ for refusing to even accept one of the appeals, and threatened the lawyer who challenged the ongoing refusal to investigate clear evidence that Kostenko was brutally tortured. Kostenko’s lawyer Dmitry Sotnikov just received and posted the two separate court rulings. In one, dated March 29, judge Alexander Klimov refused to even accept a cassation appeal against the 3.5 year sentence passed on Kostenko. He claimed that this was because Kostenko has been on the prison’s ‘prophylactic register’ since March 31, 2016 “as a person studying, preaching or spreading extremist ideology” and from March 26, 2016 as a person likely to try to escape. [...]

Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [author: Halya Coynash; 20 April 2017]

Supporter of Navalny treats his exclusion from Cossack Army as unjustified
The Cossack Evgeny Panchuk, who had supported Navalny and was excluded from the registry of the Ekaterinodar District Cossack Society, decided to become a member of another Cossack Society. Panchuk should not support Navalny on behalf of all the Cossacks, his opponents believe. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Panchuk had supported Navalny and criticized President Vladimir Putin. He also said that Cossacks were asked to block the opening of Navalny's office in Krasnodar on April 8. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [19 April 2017]

Darya Polyudova denied CER because of guilt non-recognition
The Leninsky District Court of Novorossiysk has rejected the application for conditional early relief (CER) lodged by the Kuban activist Darya Polyudova, who is serving her tern in the Novorossiysk colony on charges of extremism. Her defence will appeal against the judgement. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in December 2015, the Oktiabrsky District Court of Krasnodar found Polyudova guilty of public calls for separatism and extremism and sentenced her to two years in colony. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [19 April 2017]

"Kommersant": at first interrogation, Dadaev disclosed details of Nemtsov’s murder
During his interrogation, Zaur Dadaev told that he had shot Boris Nemtsov dead from the distance of about five meters. According to his version, this was the fourth meeting with the victim since the start of shadowing the politician, the “Kommersant” writes. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the prosecution considers Dadaev to be the perpetrator of Nemtsov’s murder. Dadaev gave confessions to investigators, but then rejected them. During his questioning on April 18, Dadaev announced his non-involvement in the murder and said that he had mixed up Nemtsov with the Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [19 April 2017]