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25 December 2017

posted 25 Dec 2017, 09:07 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Dec 2017, 12:47 ]
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny barred from running for president
Alexei Navalny calls for boycott of next year’s vote after election commission’s decision
Russian election officials on Monday formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president, prompting calls from him for a boycott of next year’s vote. The central election commission decided unanimously that the anti-corruption crusader is not eligible to run. Navalny is implicitly barred from running for office because of a conviction in a fraud case which has been viewed as political retribution. He could have run if he was given a special dispensation or if his conviction was cancelled. Incumbent Vladimir Putin is running for a fourth term in office and is widely expected to win the 18 March election. [...]
Source: The Guardian [25 December 2017 - Associated Press]

Russian presidential vote: Navalny 'nominated to run' against Putin
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny says he has gathered enough nominations to challenge Vladimir Putin in March's presidential election. His supporters met in 20 cities across the country to secure the signatures. Mr Navalny is still unlikely to run as election officials ruled him ineligible because of a corruption conviction which he says is politically motivated. Mr Navalny spoke at the Moscow gathering, branding Mr Putin a "bad president". [...]
Source: BBC [24 December 2017]

Suspension of Ramzan Kadyrov's social media accounts angers Chechens
At Saturday night, accounts of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov in Facebook and Instagram were inaccessible. In the afternoon on Saturday, Ramzan Kadyrov responded to the blocking of his accounts and accused the US authorities of that. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the US Ministry of Finance included five citizens of Russia, including the leader of Chechnya, into the Magnitsky List of sanctions. US authorities treat Ramzan Kadyrov "responsible for extrajudicial executions, acts of torture and other serious human rights violations". The Chechen leader has published his message in all social networks to which he still had access. "A demarche of Instagram looks strange, since it still tried to make an appearance it was independent of official Washington. And for some reason, it took place immediately after the publication of the sanctions imposed by the US Treasury," reads the message posted by the Chechen leader on his page in VKontakte. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [23 December 2017]

Court releases journalist detained in Makhachkala
The Sovietsky District Court of Makhachkala has returned the case of journalist Idris Yusupov, who was detained on charges of disobedience to law enforcers, back to the police to correct the deficiencies. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on December 22, Idris Yusupov, a correspondent of the "Novoye Delo" newspaper, was taken to a police station after video filming law enforcers' raids near the Salafi mosque. The Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) claimed that he refused to show his documents and explain the reasons for his video recording. According to Idris Yusupov, when he was doing the photo and video filming, an unidentified man came up to him, and "without introducing himself, demanded to delete the filmed materials." [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [22 December 2017]

Police treat attack on Caucasian Knot correspondent as 'slight health damage'
A criminal case has been opened on the fact of an armed attack on Vyacheslav Prudnikov, a "Caucasian Knot" journalist, under Article 115 "Deliberate infliction of slight health damage" of the Russian Criminal Code. All night long a policeman was on duty in Prudnikov's hospital ward. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the attack on the journalist was committed on December 21 in the town of Krasny Sulin. According to Vyacheslav, the attacker opened pistol fire at him with the words "we're sick and tired of your writings on authorities." The above Article of the Criminal Code provides for up to two years of imprisonment. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [22 December 2017]
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