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23 May 2017

posted 23 May 2017, 10:40 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 May 2017, 10:51 ]
Russian Authorities Search Theater, Home Of Director, Government Critic
Investigators searched a Moscow theater and the home of a prominent director who has protested against the government and voiced concern about the increasing influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Russian Investigative Committee said the Gogol Center theater and the apartment of its art director, Kirill Serebrennikov, were searched on May 23 in connection with an embezzlement case. Dozens of cultural figures came to Serbrennikov's defense, signing a statement calling him "an honest, fair, and open person." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [23 May 2017]

Russian Academic Facing Jail for 'Extremist' Pig Manure Rant
An environmental activist could face jail after criticizing Russian villagers who refused to protest against businesses dumping pig manure into their local river. Valery Brinikh, director of the Biological Studies Institute in Russia’s southern Adygean republic, called residents “cowards” who “lacked dignity” when they refused to stand up to their local pig farm. Police ruled that his comments, which were published in an article titled "Silence of the Lambs," could be prosecuted as “extremist” calls for violence against the Adygean people, a protected ethnic minority group, some of whom live in the village. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [23 May 2017]

Russian ombudsman voices support for baby boxes
Russia’s human rights ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova has spoken in support of the use of baby boxes, or incubators for parents who want to leave their newborn babies anonymously. Baby boxes give children a chance to survive and be adopted in future, Moskalkova told journalists on Tuesday. According to the Commissioner for Human Rights, all measures, which can save life and minimize harm caused to a child by parents’ abandonment, have a right to exist. [...]
Source: RAPSI [23 May 2017]

Human rights defenders criticize law enforcers' unwillingness to discuss struggle against radicalism in Caucasus
On May 22, Moscow launched meetings of the roundtable on the topic "Problems and best practices for counteracting the radicalization of young people in Northern Caucasus". The event was organized by the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" and the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" with the expert support of the International Crisis Group (ICC). At the very beginning of the first day of the meeting, Oleg Orlov, a member of the HRC "Memorial", has stated that the organizers had the desire to hold the event not only with the participation of human rights defenders and experts, but also with representatives of the authorities. "Terrorist ideology has attracted a part of our fellow citizens, and we must offer alternatives to it both from the side of civil society and the authorities. However, finally, the authorities did not want to take part in the roundtable organized by human rights defenders," said Oleg Orlov. He has expressed an opinion that the reason may be in recognition of the HRC "Memorial" as a foreign agent. The human rights defender has also added that in one of the republics, delegates refused to participate in the event "at the last minute." [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [23 May 2017]

Truck drivers from Dagestan detained while protesting in Khimki
The police have detained members of the "Association of Russian Carriers" (known as OPR), who came to Khimki from various regions, including Dagestan, to hold an action against the "Platon" system. Three detainees are sentenced to fines, and the rest are awaiting a trial. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on March 27, Russian truck drivers resumed mass protests. They demand to abolish the transport tax, reduce fuel excises and cancel the "Platon" system introduced to collect tolls from drivers of heavy trucks on federal roads. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [23 May 2017]