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29 June 2017

posted 29 Jun 2017, 08:11 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Jun 2017, 08:53 ]

Chechen gang guilty of Nemtsov's murder
A Russian jury has found five ethnic Chechen men guilty of murdering leading opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Zaur Dadayev shot the former deputy prime minister, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, in February 2015 near the Kremlin. Four others acted as their accomplices. The group were allegedly promised $250,000 (£192,000) to kill Nemtsov. They all denied the charges. Nemtsov's relatives fear that whoever ordered the murder will never be found. [...]
Source: BBC [29 June 2017]

Telegram registers with Russian regulator
The founder of encrypted messaging app Telegram has agreed to register the company in Russia, following pressure from local authorities. Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor had warned that Telegram would be blocked if it did not comply with new data laws. Founder Pavel Durov said the company would be registered on the government's list of information distributors. However, he insisted Telegram would not share confidential user data. [...]
Source: BBC [29 June 2017]

Navalny appeals against ruling in dispute with billionaire Usmanov
Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has appealed a ruling in favor billionaire Alisher Usmanov in libel dispute, press office of Moscow’s Lyublinsky District Court told RAPSI on Thursday. In late May, the court granted a defamation lawsuit filed by Usmanov against Navalny. The court recognized information about Usmanov distributed by the Anti-Corruption Foundation and Navalny as discrediting and untrue and ordered the defendants to refute the statements. [...]
Source: RAPSI [29 June 2017]

Russian Life Expectancy Hits Record High
Russian life expectancy has reached record highs, new data has revealed. Russians born in 2016 are expected to live 71.87 years on average, according to state statistics agency Rosstat. Women still outlast men by several years, with the average Russian female living to 77.06, compared to 66.5 years for males. The southern Russian region of Ingushetia boasted the highest life expectancy in the country, with residents expected to live 80.8 years on average. It was followed by Dagestan and Moscow, where newborns are predicted to live 77.2 years and 77 years respectively. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [29 June 2017]

10% of Russian Struggling to Buy Food — Poll
One in ten Russians does not have enough money to buy basic groceries, a new report has revealed. A new survey by state-backed pollster VTsIOM found that ten percent of Russians struggled to cover the costs of food, while 29 percent said that they could not afford to replace worn-out clothes. Pensioners in particular said that they faced financial hardship, with over half of Russians above the age of 65 unable to afford clothing or enough groceries. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [29 June 2017]

Volgograd mother fined for her son's participation in anti-corruption rally
The court fined by 10,000 roubles the mother of a teenager, who took part, on March 26, in the rally in support of the oppositionist Alexei Navalny in Volgograd. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on March 26, about 30 people were detained at a rally in Volgograd. Alexei Volkov, the coordinator of the Navalny's election office, was fined by 15,000 roubles for organizing the rally. [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [28 June 2017]

Savelieva complains to ECtHR about violation of her rights in Sochi
Lyudmila Savelieva, a so-called "Olympic resettler" from Sochi, has sent a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) about violations of her rights to property and housing. Sochi advocates believe the subject of the complaint to be promising. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in December 2011, the Saveliev family of five persons, including two children, was evicted from the barrack, which was later demolished during the construction of the Olympic highway. Having received no housing in exchange, in February 2015, the family occupied a cottage in the settlement of Vesyoloye Psou, intended for Olympic resettlers. On May 22, court marshals forced the family out of the cottage, and it was temporarily sheltered by neighbours. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [28 June 2017]

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