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29 May 2017

posted 29 May 2017, 13:26 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 May 2017, 13:26 ]
Russia Seeks Suspended Sentence For Ukrainian Library Director
Russian prosecutors are seeking a five-year suspended sentence for the former head of Moscow's Ukrainian Literature Library, who is accused of extremism and embezzlement in a case that has been denounced by rights activists. Prosecutors made the request during a May 29 hearing at Moscow's Meshchansky District Court, where the trial of Natalya Sharina is in its final stages. Sharina was detained in October 2015 and charged with inciting extremism and ethnic hatred because her library's collection allegedly included books by Ukrainian ultranationalist and author Dmytro Korchynskiy, whose works are banned in Russia. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [29 May 2017]

Detention Of Bard-Loving Boy In Moscow Sparks Outrage
It's the latest viral sensation sweeping the Russian web: a video of police dragging a Shakespeare-admiring boy away screaming after reciting poetry in public. The video, which follows police as they forcibly remove the boy from one of Moscow's most popular tourist areas to a waiting squad car, was posted on May 27 on Facebook and within days had been watched over 2.6 million times. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [author: Tom Balmforth; 29 May 2019]

Russian Scientist Convicted Of Treason Asks Putin For Clemency
A 76-year-old former space researcher who was sentenced to prison on a treason conviction has asked President Vladimir Putin for clemency. Vladimir Lapygin's lawyer, Vasily Protsyk, said on May 29 that his client has been awaiting a decision from Putin on a possible pardon since March. Former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky's nongovernmental organization Open Russia said on May 29 that Lapygin has also appealed his verdict and sentence with the Supreme Court. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [29 May 2017]

Dane Arrested in Russia for 'Extremist' Jehovah's Witnesses Meeting
A Danish national has been arrested in the Russian city of Oryol after attending a meeting of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Dennis Christensen was detained on charges of involvement in an extremist organization on Thursday evening. He is currently being held in pre-trial detention. Police raided the religious gathering at the city's Kingdom Hall, the Jehovah’s Witnesses' official meeting place. Officers then search the homes of those in attendance, a statement released by the group said. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [29 May 2017]

Magomed Daudov denies accusations of gays' persecutions in Chechnya
Magomed Daudov, Speaker of the Parliament of Chechnya, has claimed his non-involvement in the persecution of members of the LGBT community. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 26, the human rights organization "Human Rights Watch" (HRW) released the report "The gay raids in Chechnya in spring of 2017". "Mercenary zealots of 'human rights' are trying to attribute to me an assault on those whom I never met at our place! I want those 'truth-seekers' to know that I never beat defenceless people," Magomed Daudov wrote on his page in Instagram on May 27. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [29 May 2017]

Macron Accuses Russian State Media Of 'Propaganda'
French President Emmanuel Macron accused Russian state news outlets of spreading "fake news" and "propaganda" against him during May's presidential election campaign. Macron's comments came during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on May 29 following a meeting at the Versailles Palace outside Paris. It was the first encounter between the two men since Macron's decisive May 7 victory over right-wing rival Marine Le Pen, a Putin admirer whom the Kremlin and its surrogates appeared to favor. (Reuters) [...]
Source: RFE/RL [29 May 2017]

Court recognizes violation of visually impaired children's rights in Volgograd
On May 26, the Voroshilov District Court of Volgograd granted the claim about the inaction of officials from the Education and Science Committee of the Volgograd Region and obliged them to develop regulations for implementation of adapted educational programmes. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in December 2016, the "Ray of Light", a regional public organization created by parents of visually impaired children, filed a claim against the Education and Science Committee of the Volgograd Region. According to the parents, the inaction of the Committee's officials resulted in the lack of specialists in special schools to work with visually impaired children. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [27 May 2017]

Number of detainees after Makhachkala rally reaches four
Four participants of the anti-corruption rally were taken to the Sovietsky ROVD (District Interior Division) of Makhachkala, Larissa Bachieva, one of the organizers of the rally, has reported. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the anti-corruption rally began today at 3:00 p.m. Moscow time in the 50th Victory Anniversary Park in Makhachkala. Over 300 residents of Dagestan gathered there. Later, eyewitnesses claimed the detention of two participants of the rally – Abdullah Gabibulaev and Zagalav Somoev. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [27 May 2017]