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28 June 2017

posted 28 Jun 2017, 09:53 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Jun 2017, 10:44 ]
Italian Activists Arrested in Nizhny Novgorod Fined
Members of the human rights organisation "Antigone" (Rome, Italy) were fined on 27 June 2017 for violating migration rules in Russia, as informed by Irina Protasova, Chairman of the NGO "Man and Law" (Yoshkar-Ola, Russia). Both NGOs are members of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. According to Protasova, the human rights activists stayed in the police station for about six hours. During this time, the migration service representatives completed five reports on administrative offence. Each of the “Antigone” members that visited Nizhny Novgorod was fined with 2,000 RUB (about 35 euros). After leaving the police department, the Italian activists went back to Yoshkar-Ola. [...]

Source: EU-Russia Civil Society Forum [28 June 2017]

Russian activist Dadin seeks to increase compensation for unlawful prosecution
Russian activist Ildar Dadin has filed an appeal with the Moscow Regional Court demanding to increase the amount of compensation awarded to him for unlawful prosecution, lawyer Alexey Liptser told RAPSI on Wednesday. In late May, a court in the Moscow Region granted a lawsuit filed by Dadin in part and ordered Russia’s Finance Ministry to pay him 2.2 million rubles (about $37,000 at the current exchange rate). [...]
Source: RAPSI [28 June 2017]

St. Petersburg court detains Hizb ut-Tahrir alleged member
The St. Petersburg Kirovsky District Court had detained Magomet Akhimov, an alleged member of Hizb ut-Tahrir terrorist organization banned in Russia, until July 30, RAPSI reported from the courtroom on Wednesday. The hearings were held behind closed doors, and reporters were admitted only when the judicial disposition was pronounced. According to the case materials, several members of the terrorist group were arrested by police on June 27. [...]

Source: RAPSI [28 June 2017]

Detention of St. Petersburg Church of Scientology executive upheld
The St. Petersburg City Court had upheld the detention of Galina Shurinova, the executive director of the Church of Scientology in St. Petersburg, who stands charged with participation in an extremist organization, the Unified press service of St. Petersburg courts told RAPSI on Wednesday. Earlier this month Shurinova appealed against her detention by a lower court; however, today the St. Petersburg City Court dismissed her appeal. [...]
Source: RAPSI [28 June 2017]

Russia’s Federation Council Approves Plan To Raze Soviet-Era Apartment Blocks
Russia's Federation Council has approved controversial legislation to demolish thousands of Soviet-era apartment buildings in Moscow. The bill was supported on June 28 by 147 lawmakers in the upper house of parliament, with four abstentions and no votes against, state media reported. The latest in a series of protests against the plan was held outside the parliament building, during which the chief of the opposition Yabloko party's Moscow branch, Sergei Mitrokhin, was detained. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [28 June 2017]

Jury Deliberations Suspended In Case Of Accused Nemtsov Killers
The second day of jury deliberations in the trial of five men charged in connection with the 2015 killing of Russian opposition politician and former First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov has been completed and the court has adjourned until June 29. The jury on June 28 failed to come up with a unanimous verdict in the three hours allotted by Russian law, and began the process of responding to the court's 26 queries on the basis of majority votes. At about 5 p.m. Moscow time, the judge reported that the jurors were tired and suspended the proceedings until 11 a.m. on June 29. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [28 June 2017]

Noted Russian Defense Lawyer Balks At Moscow Law School's Tribute To Stalin
Respected Russian defense attorney and legal scholar Genri Reznik has resigned from the faculty of the Moscow State Law Academy to protest the installation there of a plaque commemorating a 1924 speech by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. "On June 17, 1924, in this hall, Josef Vissarionovich Stalin delivered a report on the results of the 13th congress of the Russian Communist Party," the plaque reads. The original plaque was placed on the site at the height of the Stalin-era cult of personality in 1949 and was dismantled in the early 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. "The first thing the Bolshevik leader did was to bury the law," Reznik wrote on his blog on the website of Ekho Moskvy. "Stalin embodies massive extrajudicial mechanisms and repressions, including personal summonses, two- and three-judge hearings, legalized torture, and the liquidation of the independent judiciary, the presumption of innocence, and the principle of legal advocacy. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [28 June 2017]

Russian upper house backs bill on blocking mirror websites

The Russian upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, on Wednesday approved the draft law on blocking copies of websites containing illegal information (mirror websites). 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 [28 June 2017]

Russian Senators Threaten Ban Foreign Media Clampdown
The Russian parliament is considering new legislation which could see tens of foreign Russian-language media outlets banned from operating within the country. Russia's Federation Council, the upper chamber of the country's parliament, is debating new laws which would force Russian-language outlets to disclose how they are funded. Media companies receiving money from abroad would be forced to register as "foreign agents," opening them up to increased state scrutiny. Leonid Klimov, head of the council’s committee for the protection of state sovereignty, said that the proposed bill would apply to all foreign outlets broadcasting in Russian, even if they were registered abroad. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [28 June 2017]

Family of Bekmurzaev, detained in Chechnya, unaware of his whereabouts
Relatives of Rasambek Bekmurzaev, detained in Chechnya on suspicion of killing three law enforcers 17 years ago, are concerned about the lack of information about his fate. Rasambek Bekmurzaev was detained by FSB agents, a source from the police reported. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 21, 37-year-old Rasambek Bekmurzaev was detained in the city of Urus-Martan. According to the investigation, after the suspect had killed three law enforcers, he was admitted to a militant grouping led by Arbi Baraev, a well-known field commander (killed in a special operation in 2001), and in recent years, the suspect worked as a taxi driver in Chechnya. The wife of Rasambek Bekmurzaev claimed her husband's innocence and asked the leader of Chechnya to help him return home. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [27 June 2017]

Activist Mark Galperin placed under house arrest
A Moscow court has placed civic activist Mark Galperin, charged with incitement to extremism, under house arrest, in response to a request to this effect made by investigators. In February Galperin was detained and questioned by FSB officers. The questioning was related to the activist's video bogs in which, allegedly, he called for actions directed towards the violation of the territorial integrity of Russia. Galperin was formally charged on 15 June. [...]
Source: Radio Svoboda [in Russian] [27 June 2017]

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