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22 June 2017

posted 22 Jun 2017, 06:20 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 Jun 2017, 07:46 ]
Russian Duma Approves Bill To Protect Top Officials' Personal Data
Russia's lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a bill that would allow classifying personal data of top officials and other individuals who are under the protection of the Federal Protection Service (FSO). The proposed legislation approved in its third and final reading on June 21 would request the FSO to "provide protection of personal data of individuals under state protection and members of their families." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [22 June 2017]

Jury Deliberations Postponed In Trial Of Accused Nemtsov Killers
Jury deliberations in the Moscow trial of five men from the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya who are charged in connection with the 2015 killing of opposition politician and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov have been suspended until next week. Moscow military court Judge Yury Zhitnkov began reading jury instructions on June 22 but then adjourned the proceedings until June 27. Lawyers said it is likely a verdict would be delivered the same day. All five defendants reaffirmed their innocence during closing remarks on June 21. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [22 June 2017]

Moscow court upholds compulsory treatment of Bolotnaya activist Panfilov
The Moscow City Court had upheld a lower court’s ruling to send the Bolotnaya Square riot case defendant Maxim Panfilov to compulsory treatment, RAPSI learnt in the courtroom on Thursday. By its decision, the court dismissed an appeal the defense submitted against the Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky District Court ruling and upheld its decision of March 29. After the hearings closed, the lawyers representing Panfilov noted that the defense was going to turn to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg applying to overrule the Russian court’s decision and asking to shorten the time Panfilov is to spend in a prison psychiatric clinic. [...]
Source: RAPSI [22 June 2017]

Russian government files new bill regulating NGO activity
Russian government has filed a new bill regulating activity of non-profit organizations (NGOs), the official statement reads on Thursday. According to the government, in May of 2014 the Civil Code of Russia was amended in order to fix a list of organizational and legal forms in which non-profit organizations can be established. At the same time, the law on NGOs was not updated to take these changes into account. The new bill introduces specifics concerning state registration of non-profit organizations, the use of means of individualization by NGOs, and cancellation of their activities. The bill also codifies the norms that determine the competence of higher collegial bodies of non-profit organizations and the requirements pertaining to their charters. [...]
Source: RAPSI [22 June 2017]

Rizvan Ibragimov claims his prosecution initiated by law enforcers
Chechen publicist Rizvan Ibragimov has claimed that the criminal proceedings against him were initiated by senior officials from the law enforcement and power agencies of the republic. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 20, the Staropromyslovsky District Court of Grozny sentenced Rizvan Ibragimov to two and a half years of conditional imprisonment on the charge of extremism. The publicist believes that the verdict of guilty was predetermined. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [22 June 2017]

Russian FSB ‘Expert’ in trial of Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov doesn’t know the language
The trial of Ilmi Umerov for saying only what the UN and entire democratic world says about Russia’s occupation of Crimea was always going to seem grotesquely Kafkaesque. It has now transpired that Russia did not even (or could not) find an ‘expert’ willing to give testimony against the Crimean Tatar leader who actually knew Crimean Tatar. This is no small omission given that Umerov is on trial for statements made in that language.  During the questioning on June 21 of the Russian FSB’s ‘specialist’, Olga Ivanova, she proved to have studied as a linguist and translator of English and Chinese, and to have worked for the FSB for the last two years. She said that she had been given a text which the investigator called the ‘transcript’ of Umerov’s interview to TV ATR, as well as the actual video. She had not watched the latter (in Crimean Tatar) and could not therefore say whether the text had or had not been a transcript. This alone is a flagrant breach of the law. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [22 June 2017]

Crimean Tatar Leader Umerov's Trial Resumes In Simferopol
The trial of a Crimean Tatar leader who has criticized Russia's seizure of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine resumed on June 21. Russian authorities who control Crimea have filed separatism charges against Ilmi Umerov -- deputy chairman of the Crimean Tatars' self-governing body, the Mejlis, which is now banned by Moscow.Umerov was charged in May 2016 after publicly opposing Russia's March 2014 armed takeover of Crimea. He denies the charges, saying he has the right to express his opinions. His trial began on June 7. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [21 June 2017]

Journalist turns to police after being beaten in North Ossetia
The police have accepted an application about beating on June 19 in North Ossetia of Pyotr Pliev, a journalist of the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta". The journalist links the attack on him with his professional activities. According to Valery Gizoev, a friend and fellow villager of the beaten up journalist, the attack on the 67-year-old Pyotr Pliev was committed in the evening on June 19. "He was my guest in the evening on June 19. We talked for a while; then he went home. He walked for quite a little, when two Zhiguli cars drove up to him and stopped. Then, the journalist was struck from behind; he lost consciousness and recovered only at 4:00 a.m. on June 20. According to his story, he still feels pain," Valery Gizoev told the" Caucasian Knot "correspondent. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [21 June 2017]

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