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20 July 2017

posted 20 Jul 2017, 08:33 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Jul 2017, 10:27 ]
Another Russian Activist Jailed Over March 26 Anticorruption Rally
A court in Moscow has sentenced a man who took part in an antigovernment protest on March 26 to 2 1/2 years in a so-called colony settlement. The Tver district court on July 20 found Stanislav Zimovets guilty of causing bodily harm to a law-enforcement officer and sentenced him the same day. The March 26 rally, one of the largest protests in Russia in years, was not sanctioned by authorities. Zimovets, who initially confessed to throwing a brick at a police officer, later pleaded not guilty, saying he was not aiming at the police officer, but threw the brick in an open space in order to warn police and stop law-enforcement forces from violently dispersing the protesters. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [20 July 2017]

Russian Opposition Journalist Latynina’s Home Attacked With Pungent Gas
The family home of prominent opposition journalist Yulia Latynina was attacked by unidentified men on Tuesday night, Latynina has said. In a column published by the Novaya Gazeta newspaper on Thursday, Latynina said attackers had released a smelly gas into her home through a window. Latynina said the attack sent two messages: “We know where your parents live,” and “You, Yulia Latynina, are a skunk.” Eight people, including four elderly people and two children, suffered as a result, she told the Ekho Moskvy radio station. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [20 July 2017]

Crimean Tatar jailed for Facebook reposts critical of Russian occupation of Crimea
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has sentenced Emil Minasov to one year and three months’ imprisonment for supposed ‘incitement to enmity’ on Facebook. This appears to be how the FSB – and judge Anna Klimova – chose to view posts or reposts critical of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Disturbingly little is known about this prosecution and the sentence which was in fact passed on July 7. It was only reported, according to a Kremlin-loyal website, by the FSB on July 18, with this possibly to avoid any possibility of an appeal. Minasov does not appear to have been in detention, but also did not appeal against the sentence which has therefore now entered into force. It is unclear whether he had a lawyer. The FSB claim that Minasov on several occasions from March to October 2016 posted “material of an extremist nature”. The FSB accused him over six ‘episodes’, though only four are mentioned on the court website. [...] 

Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [20 July 2017]

Russia's Federal Tax Service demands $50 million from Browder
The Federal Tax Service has filed a lawsuit seeking to collect 3 billion rubles ($50 million) from Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder and his partner Ivan Cherkasov as part of a tax evasion case, lawyer Alexander Antipov told RAPSI on Thursday. Damage allegedly caused by Browder and Cherkasov was estimated by the Interior Ministry’s experts, the attorney said. [...]

Court Orders Russia To Pay Dutch 6.25 Million Dollars In Damages Over Greenpeace Ship
Russia must pay 5.4 million euros ($6.25 million) in damages to the Netherlands for the 2013 seizure of Greenpeace's Arctic Sunrise ship during an oil drilling protest, an international arbitration panel ruled on July 18. Russian Federal Security Service agents captured the Arctic Sunrise in international waters in September 2013 after a protest against an oil platform. Those on board were detained in Russian prisons for months and released in November 2013. The five-member arbitration panel, based in Vienna, ruled in 2015 that Russia was liable under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and has now announced the amount representing damages to the ship, as well as the wrongful arrest and suffering of 30 people aboard. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [20 July 2017]

Russian FM says Hague-based PCA had no jurisdiction in Arctic Sunrise case
Russia has taken no part in the litigation relating to the seizure of Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise in 2013 initiated by the Netherlands in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague due to the fact that PCA lacked jurisdiction in the case, Artem Kozhin, deputy official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, told journalists on Thursday. Russia has always upheld the position that PCA had no jurisdiction in the case, according to the comments Kozhin made on the Court’s final award issued on Tuesday. [...]
Source: RAPSI [20 July 2017]

Russian oldest human rights activist asks Putin to pardon ex-senator sentenced to life
Human rights campaigner Lyudmila Alexeyeva, 90, has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to pardon former senator Igor Izmestyev sentenced to life in prison, the Kremlin's website announced on Thursday. Putin promised Alexeyeva to think over her request, the statement reads. Izmestyev, former senator of Bashkortostan, was arrested in January 2007. [...] In December 2010, the Moscow City Court sentenced Izmestyev to life in prison for organizing terrorist attacks and murders. [...]
Source: RAPSI [20 July 2017]

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