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20 December 2017

posted 20 Dec 2017, 11:27 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Dec 2017, 13:08 ]
Moscow Court Bans Opposition Rally Called By Yashin
The Moscow City Court has banned a rally planned by opposition politician Ilya Yashin for December 24 in the Russian capital, he wrote on Facebook on December 20. Yashin, the head of Moscow’s Krasnoselsky municipal district, announced earlier that he planned to stage what he called a "Free Elections Day" festival in Lermontov Park, saying that lawmakers do not need approval from city authorities to hold the event. "The court acted swiftly. The lawsuit was filed just yesterday and today we received a lightning-fast decision... I consider the ruling politically motivated and illegal," Yashin wrote on December 20, adding that he will appeal it and that preparations for the rally will continue. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [20 December 2017]

Pussy Riot's Alyokhina Detained In FSB Protest On Secret-Police Centenary
Maria Alyokhina, a member of the punk protest band Pussy Riot, has been detained while staging a protest at the headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the feared Soviet secret police. Police detained Alyokhina on December 20 after she unfurled a banner reading "Happy Birthday, Executioners" at an entrance to the FSB building on Moscow's Lubyanka Square, she and fellow protester Olga Borisova said. Alyokhina could be jailed for up to 15 days for the demonstration. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [20 December 2017]

FSB Chief Defends Purges, Denounces Traitors on Cheka Anniversary
The chief of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has offered a defense of his agency's controversial predecessors, who were involved in organizing mass purges and the Gulag prison system. Dec. 20 marks the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Cheka, the notorious progenitor of future secret police organizations in Russia, including the KGB and the FSB. FSB Chief Alexander Bortnikov gave a lengthy interview to the Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily in commemoration of the event. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [20 December 2017] 

Putin introduces fines for failure to comply with law on messengers
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill on fines for failure to comply with legislation regulating activity of messenger services into law. The document’s version has been published on the official website of legal information. According to the law, individuals may be fined up to 5,000 rubles (about $85), officials may be fined up to 50,000 rubles (about $850) and legal entities may face fines of up to 1 million rubles (about $17,000). Entrepreneurs acting without organizing a legal entity will face administrative liability as if they did. The law is to take effect on January 1, 2018. [...]
Source: RAPSI [20 December 2017]

Political prisoner Ruslan Kutaev released from Chechen penal colony
Today, Ruslan Kutaev, the chair of the Assembly of the Peoples of the Caucasus, has been released from a penal colony in Chechnya. This has been reported by one of the convict's relatives. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in July 2014, in Chechnya, Ruslan Kutaev, the chair of the Assembly of the Peoples of the Caucasus, was sentenced to four years of imprisonment on the charge of possession of drugs. On October 31, 2014, the court reduced the term of imprisonment for Ruslan Kutaev by two months. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [20 December 2017]