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26 July 2017

posted 26 Jul 2017, 12:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Jul 2017, 12:29 ]

'Bolotnaya' Protester Released From Russian Prison After Serving Term
One of several activists imprisoned following clashes at a protest on the eve of President Vladimir Vladimir Putin's inauguration to his current term has been released after serving a 38-month sentence. Dmitry Ishevsky was freed from a prison in the Yaroslavl region northeast of Moscow on July 26. Ishevsky was one of more than 400 people detained after clashes erupted between police and demonstrators at the May 6, 2012 rally on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square. [...]

Source: RFE/RL [26 July 2017]

Cooordinator Of Navalny's Volgograd Staff Charged With Desecrating Russian Symbols
The coordinator of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny’s election staff in the city of Volgograd has been charged with desecrating Russian military symbols. The Russian Investigative Committee said on July 26 that Aleksei Volkov was ordered not leave the city before his trial. A date for the trial has not been determined. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [26 July 2017]

Inmates at Urals Prison Go On Hunger Strike
Inmates at a prison in the Urals have gone on a hunger strike, with some demands including visitation rights for multiple wives and English-language conversation. Fifteen inmates from the labor camp No. 5 in the city of Nizhny Tagil started their hunger strike on July 19, the RIA Novosti news agency reported this week, citing a spokesperson for the local branch of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). Regional prosecutors say the inmates are using the strike to force out the prison leadership and soften the regime at the high-security prison. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [26 July 2017]

Crimean Tatar Mejlis ban challenged after UN Court’s damning ruling on Russia ban
Representatives of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis have lodged a formal application with the High Court in Russian-occupied Crimea asking for a review of Russia’s ban of this self-governing body of the main indigenous people of Crimea. The grounds could not be more compelling, since the new circumstances cited are the decision by the UN’s International Court of Justice demanding that Russia stop discriminatory measures against Crimean Tatars, and in particular, the ban on the Mejlis. Several individual applications were lodged a week after the de facto prosecutor in Crimea informed the First Deputy Head of the Mejlis, Nariman Dzhelyal that it was seeking ‘clarification’ about the ban following the ICJ’s decision. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [26 July 2017]

Russian activist Dadin’s fine for unauthorized protest upheld
The Moscow City Court has upheld a lower court’s ruling to fine Russian activist Ildar Dadin 20,000 rubles ($330) for holding an unauthorized one-person picket near the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) building, his lawyer Nikolay Zboroshenko told RAPSI on Wednesday. The court thus found Dadin guilty of violating the picketing rules. On July 5, Dadin was arrested near the FSB building during his one-man protest in support of opposition activist Yury Gorsky, who had been earlier arrested on suspicion of calls to extremism, Zboroshenko told RAPSI earlier. [...]
Source: RAPSI [26 July 2017]

Number of ECtHR complaints from Russia down 4 times – Human Rights Commissione
The number of complaints Russians filed with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has been down fourfold, Tatyana Moskalkova, Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights said during the National Educational Youth Forum “Terra Scientia” on Wednesday. Moskalkova also spoke on the development of the Russian judicial system. Citing relevant facts, she noted that the national judiciary had certain advantages as compared with the European court system. The ombudsman pointed out as an example that for instance the EHCR examined complaints for too long and applied vague criteria when deciding on admissibility of applications. [...] 

Source: RAPSI [26 July 2017]