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21 December 2017

posted 21 Dec 2017, 11:15 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 Dec 2017, 12:34 ]
Russian Document Suggests All Foreign Media Could Be Labeled 'Agents'
A draft order released by the Russian Justice Ministry suggests that the government may decide to label all media outlets receiving foreign funding as "foreign agents." The document posted on the Internet on December 21 sets out proposed regulations for the implementation of a law signed by President Vladimir Putin in November that empowered the ministry to designate foreign media outlets as foreign agents. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [21 December 2017]

Pussy Riot's Alyokhina Punished For Protest At Russian FSB Headquarters
A Moscow court has ordered Pussy Riot punk protest band member Maria Alyokhina to perform 40 hours of community-service work as punishment for a protest she staged at the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB). Judge Yulia Mordvina ruled on December 21 that Alyokhina violated the law on public gatherings when she and activist Olga Borisova unfurled a banner reading "Happy Birthday, Executioners" at an entrance to the FSB headquarters on Lubyanka Square. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [21 December 2017]

Khodorkovsky Launches New Media After Open Russia Ban
Russia’s exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky has launched a new media website after authorities blocked access to the site of his blacklisted pro-democracy NGO. Russia's media watchdog Roskomnadzor blocked access to the website of the Open Russia NGO earlier this month “for inciting protests and destabilizing the domestic political situation.” [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [21 December 2017] 

Russian Human Rights Council opposes bill on requirements for lawyers
Russia’s Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights has recommended the State Duma to reject a bill setting standard requirements for lawyers admitted to practice in Russian courts, the advisory body’s website reads. The Council adopted the relevant decision on Thursday. Human rights advocates believe that the concept of the bill submitted by Pavel Krasheninnikov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation, to the lower house of Russia’s parliament, is out of keeping with the constitutional provisions on people’s rights to legal aid. [...]
Source: RAPSI [21 December 2017]

Ukrainian journalist imprisoned in Russia awarded Sakharov Prize for Courage
Roman Sushchenko has been honoured ‘For Courage’ by the Andrei Sakharov Committee on Journalism as an Act of Conscience. The Ukrainian journalist has been illegally held in Russia for the last 14 months, with the FSB using various forms of pressure to get him to ‘confess’ to fictitious ‘spying’. The news comes from Sushchenko’s daughter Julia who was informed that the panel of judges had declared her father a laureate of the award* on 10 December, International Human Rights Day. Sushchenko has been in Russian detention since September 30, 2016. The then 47-year-old journalist was seized by FSB officers shortly after arriving in Moscow where he has close relatives. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [21 December 2017]

Astrakhan activists hold pickets on FSB Day
In front of the FSB building in Astrakhan, activists have held two solo pickets demanding to stop politically motivated persecutions and respect the Constitution's article on the freedom of assembly. Alexei Tyurin stood today at the entrance to the regional FSB department with a poster "FSB Day – 100 years of serving usurpers and corrupt bureaucrats"; while Mikhail Anisenko was there at another time with a poster "Russia's Constitution, Article 31. We demand to stop political repressions!" The today's solo pickets passed without incidents, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent reports. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [20 December 2017]