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23 June 2017

posted 23 Jun 2017, 08:40 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Jun 2017, 09:26 ]
Alexei Navalny barred from Russia presidential poll
Media captionAlexei Navalny told the BBC's Hardtalk programme in January that he would fight on. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been formally barred from standing in next year's presidential election. The Central Electoral Commission has ruled he may not stand because he was found guilty of embezzlement and given a suspended sentence. Mr Navalny has said the case against him was politically motivated. The anti-corruption campaigner led mass street protests against Vladimir Putin in the winter of 2011-12. [...]
Source: BBC [23 June 2017]

'I Had to Breathe Through My Clothes': Russian Police Pepper-Sprayed Protesters in a Cell
St. Petersburg protesters claim of abuse and use of pepper spray while in detention
When anti-corruption protests took place in cities across Russia earlier this month, police in St. Petersburg detained over 600 demonstrators. The experience of these people in jail is highlighting the seemingly widespread abuse of prisoners by the Russian police. Protester Oleg Kabatov says he had never been arrested before, so he was unprepared for what awaited him. For two days after his detention in St. Petersburg, Kabatov was held in police custody where he witnessed an incident that has provoked widespread outrage. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [23 June 2017]

State Duma passes bill on blocking mirror websites
The State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, has adopted a bill on blocking mirror websites containing illegal information in the third and final hearing. The bill was drafted based on examination of practice of blocking forever websites, which repeatedly and illegally distributed information containing objects of copyright and (or) related rights, or information required for procurement thereof with the use of data telecommunications networks. The examination has revealed some deficiencies including inapplicability of prompt measures regarding automatically created “mirrors” of the blocked websites. [...]
Source: RAPSI [23 June 2017]

Russian media watchdog warns Telegram of potential block
Head of Russia’s communications watchdog Roskomnadzor Alexander Zharov has requested the Telegram’s management, including one of the company’s founders Pavel Durov, to comply with the Russian legislation or face blocking of the messenger, Zharov’s statement reads on Friday. Roskomnadzor demands Telegram to follow the rules set for organizers of information distribution. “There is only one requirement, and it is simple: fill out the questionnaire with information about Telegram’s managing company sent to you,” Zharov said. He added that the company also needs to officially ask the watchdog to enter this information in a special registry. The head of Roskomnadzor noted that Telegram’s legal status will not be affected. [...]
Source: RAPSI [23 June 2017]

Founder of Russian Messaging App Defies Official Ultimatum
The founder of a Russian encrypted messaging app is defying the government's request to provide information about his company. The head of the Russian communications regulator on Friday in an open letter to Telegram founder Pavel Durov threatened to block Telegram unless Durov hands over details about the app. The move would require Telegram, which prides itself on privacy, to keep and share users' chat histories and encryption keys with the government. Durov said in a post on his social media page Friday that the threat to block Telegram was "sabotage of state interests." [...]
Source: New York Times [via Associated Press; 23 June 2017]

Crimean Tatars face 10-year sentences for refusal to testify against innocent men
“They also have children, families. How would I later explain what conscience and honour are to my daughter if I did something like that?” Arsen Dzhepparov explains his refusal to collaborate with the FSB
How do you provide false testimony for Russia’s FSB against your own uncle, or against fellow Crimean Tatars, fellow Muslims, whom you don’t know? For Refat Alimov and Arsen Dzhepparov from Krasnokamenka the answer was clear: you don’t, but they are paying a heavy price for their integrity. The two young men have been held en in custody in Russian-occupied Crimea since April 2016, charged, together with a human rights activist and three other Crimean Muslims with unproven involvement in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a peaceful organization which is legal in Ukraine. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [23 June 2017]

Moscow City Court upholds verdict on compulsory medical treatment for Maxim Panfilov
The Moscow City Court (MCC) has recognized as lawful the decision to send Maxim Panfilov, a resident of Astrakhan, for compulsory medical treatment to a hospital. Maxim Panfilov was sentenced in the case of involvement in mass riots in Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012. The defence intends to appeal against the decision of the Court to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on March 29, the Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow freed from criminal responsibility Maxim Panfilov, a resident of Astrakhan, involved in the case of the mass riots in Bolotnaya Square. The Court pronounced the decision to send Maxim Panfilov for compulsory medical treatment. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [23 June 2017]

Resident of Chechnya detained for killing three law enforcers in 2000
On June 21, in Urus-Martan, agents of secret services detained a 37-year-old resident of Chechnya, suspected of killing three officers of the federal forces almost 17 years ago. The murder of three officers of the Russian FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), in which the man is suspected, was committed in an automobile market in Urus-Martan in October 2000, reports a source from the law enforcement agencies of the ChechenRepublic. Unidentified man approached the officers from the rear and shot and killed them from a Makarov pistol. Then, he "opened fire in the air from a submachine gun seized from one of the killed officers to scare the people who came to the market" and disappeared, the source explained to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [22 June 2017]

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