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28 December 2017

posted 28 Dec 2017, 11:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Dec 2017, 12:07 ]
Pussy Riot member’s sentence for unauthorized protest action upheld
The Moscow City Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s ruling sentencing Maria Alyokhina, a member of the infamous feminist punk group Pussy Riot, to 40 hours of community service for unauthorized protest action near the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) headquarters, the court’s press office told RAPSI. Alyokhina was arrested along with several other people after an authorized picket near the FSB building on December 20. The next day, the Meshchansky District Court of Moscow found her guilty of violating the established order for organizing and holding public events. She appealed the ruling in the Moscow City Court. [...]
Source: RAPSI [28 December 2017]

Russian Opposition Politician Yashin Detained In Moscow
Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin has been detained in Moscow days after staging a demonstration that authorities said was held without their permission. Yashin wrote on Twitter that five police officers detained him near his home on December 28 and took him to a police station. Yashin, the head of Moscow's Krasnoselsky municipal district, staged what he called a "Free Elections Day" festival in Moscow's Lermontov Park on December 24, despite a Moscow City Court decision banning the gathering. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [28 December 2017]

Kremlin Says Legality Of Navalny's Call For Election Protests Will Be Checked
The Kremlin says law enforcement authorities will "no doubt" examine whether opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has broken the law by calling for nationwide protests in support of a boycott of Russia's March 18 presidential election. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, made the remark in a regular conference call with journalists on December 28. Navalny, who has been barred from challenging Putin in the election, is calling for a "voters' strike" and nationwide demonstrations on January 28 in support of a boycott of the ballot. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [28 December 2017]

After Supermarket Blast, Putin Says Suspects Should Be 'Liquidated'
Russian President Vladimir Putin said a blast that injured at least 10 people at a St. Petersburg supermarket was a terrorist act. Speaking on December 28, a day after the explosion of what authorities described as a makeshift bomb packed with metal fragments, Putin said law enforcement officers should "liquidate" suspected terrorists if they pose a potentially deadly threat. (Reuters) 
Source: RFE/RL [28 December 2017]

Members of Chechen Diaspora voice their fear of authorities of Chechnya
Germany has followed France and changed its attitudes towards asylum seekers from Chechnya. Some of them face deportation to their homeland. In Europe, most refugees from Chechnya are afraid of being persecuted by Ramzan Kadyrov's agents and they have to abandon public criticism of the republic's authorities. This opinion was voiced by members of the Chechen Diaspora interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot". Germany began to satisfy some of Russia's requests for extradition, and that might be explained by the activities of the Russian authorities against the background of the Germans' fatigue from the "Chechen issue", believes Sulim Yunusov, a members of the Chechen Diaspora in Germany. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [27 December 2017]