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21 July 2017

posted 21 Jul 2017, 12:09 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Jul 2017, 12:58 ]

Russian Duma Passes Bill Tightening Internet Restrictions
The Russian parliament's lower house has passed a bill that would prohibit the use of Internet proxy services including virtual private networks, or VPNs. The bill, approved in its third and final reading in the State Duma on July 21, would also ban the anonymous use of mobile messaging services. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [21 July 2017]

Putin Sparks Controversy With Remarks On Russian, Minority Languages
Russian President Vladimir Putin is receiving both criticism and praise online over remarks he made about the languages of ethnic minorities in the diverse country. Visiting the Republic of Mari El on July 20, Putin suggested that ethnic Russians were being forced to learn the languages of minorities in regions that have sizable minority populations. "It is impermissible to force someone to learn a language that is not [his or her] mother tongue, as well as to cut the hours of Russian language [classes at schools] in Russia's ethnic republics." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [21 July 2017]

Ex-Yukos security chief sentenced to life loses bid for pardon
A specialized commission has dismissed a petition for pardon filed by ex-Yukos security chief Alexey Pichugin sentenced to life in prison, RIA Novosti reported Friday. Pichugin’s lawyer Kseniya Kostromina told RAPSI that she had no official confirmation of the pardon denial. [...]
Source: RAPSI [21 July 2017]

Nemtsov’s daughter seeks to overturn sentence in politician murder case
The daughter of prominent Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov murdered in February 2015 filed an appeal seeking to overturn the sentence given to five defendants in the case, her lawyer Olga Mikhailova told RAPSI on Friday. Additionally, Zhanna Nemtsova in her appeal demanded to change murder charges against the defendants to assassination, Mikhailova added. [...]
Source: RAPSI [21 July 2017]

Sentencing of alleged masterminds of unlawful referendum set for August 10
The Tverskoy District Court of Moscow will pass a sentence upon four men charged with organizing the activities of an extremist organization on August 10, the court’s representative Svetlana Maximova told RAPSI on Friday. Earlier, a prosecutor asked the court to sentence RBC journalist Alexander Sokolov, activists Kirill Barabash and Valery Parfyonov to 4 years in prison each, and publicist Yury Mukhin to 4.5 years behind bars. [...]
Source: RAPSI [21 July 2017]

Body of Kovrov resident found dead in Dagestan not given out to relatives
Family members of Sharip Zaipullaev, a resident of the Vladimir Region, who was kidnapped and then found dead in a blown-up car, were invited to re-take DNA sample tests. The body has not yet been given out for burial, the man's relatives reported. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on July 7, Sharip Zaipullaev, a 37-year-old resident of the city of Kovrov, came to Dagestan to visit his relatives and disappeared. His relatives reported they learned from eyewitnesses that the man was taken away by men in masks, who drove cars without state registration numbers. On July 10, Sharip Zaipullaev was found dead: his remains were found in a blown-up car in Dagestan. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [20 July 2017]

Investigative Committee finds two persons from the list of Chechen gays of "Novaya Gazeta"
Investigators have questioned two Chechen residents, who, according to the "Novaya Gazeta", were persecuted as members of the LGBT community; both deny that they are gays, said Tatiana Moskalkova, Russian Ombudsperson. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in April, the "Novaya Gazeta" published an article about mass detentions in Chechnya of men suspected of being sexually unconventional. On May 30, Tatiana Moskalkova reported that she had sent a request to Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF), in connection with information about persecution of LGBTs in Chechnya. According to Ms Moskalkova, she received the answer from the ICRF of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), which says that investigators had managed to find and question two persons from the two lists of the "Novaya Gazeta", containing 24 and 27 persons. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [20 July 2017]

Dmitry Medvedev orders to pay 309.6 million roubles to victims of Beslan terror act
Dmitry Medvedev, the chair of the Russian government, has signed a resolution to allocate money to North Ossetia for completion of the housing arrangement for the victims of the Beslan terror act. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 24, Vyacheslav Bitarov, the leader of North Ossetia, promised to provide apartments to 193 people who suffered as a result of the Beslan terror act and who were recognized as eligible for housing provision. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [20 July 2017]

US journalist shares his impressions from meeting with Ramzan Kadyrov
US journalist David Scott, an author of a release of the "Real Sports" show on the HBO TV Channel, dedicated to the development of martial arts in Chechnya, described his meeting with Ramzan Kadyrov in June 2017. According to David Scott, he decided to look at Ramzan Kadyrov after the resonance associated with child fights in Grozny. [...]
Source: aucasian Knot [20 July 2017]

Commission finds no violations committed by Judge Khakhaleva at wedding party
The Commission of the Council of Judges for the Krasnodar Territory, engaged in the audit provoked by reports on expenses for a wedding party for a daughter of Judge Elena Khakhaleva, has got "almost all" documents from the organizers of the holiday. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Council of Judges for the Krasnodar Territory began to verify reports on expenses for a wedding party for a daughter of Elena Khakhaleva, Judge of the Krasnodar Regional Court. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [20 July 2017]