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24 July 2017

posted 24 Jul 2017, 14:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Jul 2017, 14:07 ]

Imprisoned Russian Activist Mokhnatkin Starts Hunger Strike
A Russian opposition activist who is in prison after being convicted of assaulting police during a protest has started a hunger strike. Rights activist Yelena Efros told Ekho Moskvy radio on July 24 that Sergei Mokhnatkin is protesting the failure of administrators of the prison in the remote northern town of Kotlas to provide him with adequate medical care. Mokhnatkin, 63, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison in 2014 after being found guilty of assaulting two police officers during a December 2013 antigovernment protest in Moscow. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [24 July 2017]

Russians Protest Internet Censorship
Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Moscow on July 23 to protest against a crackdown on online speech. 
Source: RFE/RL [24 July 2017]

Math Professor Dmitry Bogatov Placed Under House Arrest
A math professor and software developer charged with inciting terrorism has been released from pre-trial detention and placed under house arrest, Russian media reports. Dmitry Bogatov, 25, was detained on April 10 after investigators linked him to online posts calling for arson and civil disobedience. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [24 July 2017]

Metro Bombing Suspects Allege 'Russian Guantanamo' Near Moscow
Two suspects in an investigation into a deadly St. Petersburg metro attack say they were held and tortured in a “secret prison” run by the Federal Security Service, the Republic news outlet reports. Brothers Abror and Akram Azimov from Kyrgyzstan have lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights, accusing the FSB of holding them in a basement outside Moscow for two weeks, the report said. Abror Azimov has said men who claimed to be retired FSB officers subjected him to electric shocks and fake drowning. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [24 July 2017]

Most Requests to Remove Online Content Come From Russia, Google Says
Russia has come out on top of a ranking of government requests to have online content removed or blocked, according to Google’s latest Transparency Report. Last year, the Russian authorities filed more than 13,000 requests with the search engine to have online content on Google platforms removed, including on YouTube. Compared to 2015, the number of requests from the Russian authorities increased by 478 percent. Most were received in the second half of 2016, the report shows. [...]

Source: The Moscow Times [22 July 2017]

Rights defenders see ROC's influence in judicial ban of Jehovah's Witnesses*
The ban of religious organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses by the Supreme Court (SC) of the Russian Federation has to do with the increased influence of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), headed by Patriarch Kirill, on the policy of Russian authorities, Lyudmila Alekseeva, the head of the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), is convinced. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 20 the Russia's SC granted the claim of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on liquidation of 396 religious organizations of Jehovah's Witnesses. "The Patriarch believes that if other religions are banned, everyone will probably join the ROC," Ms Alekseeva has suggested in her comment to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent. "However, everyone will remain in his/her faith." [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [22 July 2017]

Magomed Aushev's relatives report deterioration of his health condition
Magomed Aushev, subjected to torture after his detention by law enforcers, suffers from persistent headaches, his vision has deteriorated sharply, and his family is short of money for his medical treatment in a specialized rehabilitation centre. This was told to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent by relatives of Magomed Aushev. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the investigation into the Magomed Aushev's complaint about torture was suspended and resumed after the detention of officers from the Ingush Centre for Combating Extremism (CCE), suspected of using torture, which resulted in the death of Magomed Daliev, a resident of the republic. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [22 July 2017]

Austrian authorities decide to deport Chechen native to Russia
Today, in Vienna, the migration department of Austria has decided to deport 37-year-old Aslan, a Chechen refugee, who lived in the country for more than 7 years. This was reported by his advocate Andreas Lepsi. According to the advocate, during five years, the native of Chechnya five times submitted documents for obtaining the status of refugee. Nevertheless, his application was refused. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [21 July 2017]

Updated Submission to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concerning Russia
This memorandum, submitted to the United Nations Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (“the Committee”), ahead of its review on Russia, highlights areas of concern that Human Rights Watch hopes will inform the Committee’s consideration of the Russian government’s compliance with the covenant. This memorandum provides updates to information submitted to the Committee on January 25, 2017. [...]
Source: Human Rights Watch [24 July 2017]