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27 December 2017

posted 27 Dec 2017, 10:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Dec 2017, 11:13 ]
Russian Historian Charged With Child Pornography To Be Released
A Russian court has ruled that Yury Dmitriyev, a historian and activist who is being tried on child-pornography charges his supporters say are politically motivated, will be released from pretrial custody on January 28. A court in Petrozavodsk, the capital of the northwestern region of Karelia, issued the order on December 27. It said Dmitriyev would be barred from leaving the city without permission while the investigation continues. The court also ordered Dmitriyev to undergo a psychiatric examination and called for a new expert assessment of 49 nude photographs of his foster daughter -- the third such evaluation of the images at the center of the case. Dmitriyev, who heads the Karelia chapter of the human rights group Memorial, has worked for decades to expose crimes committed there by the Soviet state under dictator Josef Stalin. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [27 December 2017]

Ukrainian activist sentenced in occupied Crimea for ‘anti-Russian’ Facebook posts
A court in Russian-occupied Crimea has passed a 2-year suspended sentence on 54-year-old Larisa Kitaiska over supposed ‘Russophobic’ posts on Facebook. The Yalta City ‘Court’ found the Ukrainian activist guilty of ‘incitement to enmity’ (under Article 282 § 1 of Russia’s criminal code), with ‘judge’ Vladimir Romanenko ordering that she remain in Yalta throughout the two year period.  Larisa Kitaiska was detained by the FSB on July 18, 2016, with a search carried out of her home in Yalta. Although not held in custody, she was forced to sign an undertaking not to leave Yalta. The businesswoman and former Maidan activist left Crimea after Russia’s invasion and, living with her family in Kyiv, never concealed her opposition to Russian occupation.  She and her husband returned to Yalta at the beginning of July to sort out some problems to do with their flat. She later suggested to the Crimean Human Rights Group that the FSB’s persecution might be aimed at seizing control of the flat. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [27 December 2017]

Navalny Calls For January 28 Protests In Support Of Election Boycott
Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny, who has been barred from challenging President Vladimir Putin in a March election, is calling for a "voters' strike" and nationwide demonstrations on January 28 in support of a boycott of the ballot. Navalny's December 27 call set up a potential showdown on the streets weeks before the March 18 election, which he dismissed as the "reappointment" of Putin to a new six-year term. "It's a simple thing: Either we fight for our country or we give it up to these talentless swindlers without a fight," he said in a video posted on his website. [....]
Source: RFE/RL [27 December 2017]

Released In Russia, Tatar Activist Says Trading 'Small Prison' For Big One
A Tatar activist who was convicted of separatism and inciting ethnic hatred in a case he said was politically motivated has been released from prison in northern Russia after serving a three-year term. Rafis Kashapov sharply criticized Russia in comments to RFE/RL shortly after his release on December 27, saying that he was trading a "small prison" for a big one. Kashapov, the first person in Russia to be imprisoned over public criticism of Russia's seizure of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine, served his sentence in a prison in the Komi region city of Ukhta. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [27 December 2017]