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29 December 2017

posted 29 Dec 2017, 08:50 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Dec 2017, 09:42 ]
Bill Browder: Russia jails investor in absentia
A Russian court has sentenced UK-based financier Bill Browder - a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin - to nine years' jail in absentia. He was found guilty of fraud and tax evasion. He got a nine-year jail term in 2013 on similar charges in Russia. He accuses officials of involvement in the death of his lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, in a Russian jail in 2009. [...]
Source: BBC [29 December 2017]

Russian Activist Beaten, Hospitalized After Documenting Illegal Construction
Unknown assailants have severely beaten and hospitalized an environmental activist in Russia's southwestern city of Krasnodar after he filmed illegal construction of a luxury mansion on the Black Sea coast. Activist Andrei Rudomakha, head of Environmental Watch of the North Caucasus in southern Russia, suffered skull fractures, a broken nose, and a moderate concussion when he was beaten by three masked men late on December 28. A colleague posted a photo of Rudomakha after the attack. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [29 December 2017] 

Putin signs bill extending jury trials into law
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill that envisages a wider use of jury trial institution for certain demographic groups into law. The document’s version has been published on the official website of legal information. Amendments to the Criminal Procedural Code of Russia are aimed to implement decisions of the Constitutional Court regarding the cases in the framework of which the most severe punishments would not envisage life imprisonment or death penalty. According to the law, these cases may be reviewed by a jury panel. The law stipulates in particular that cases against women and men aged 65 and older may be considered by jurors. However, authors of the initiative propose to restrict jury panels from reviewing criminal cases against people under the age of 18. [...]
Source: RAPSI [29 December 2017]

11 gays tell about torture and their escape from Chechnya
Residents of Chechnya, who left the republic due to a project of the "Russian LGBT Network", reported about torture after detentions and about the role of top-ranking officials in organizing gay raids. Following publications about the persecution of gays from Chechnya, by late 2017, the "Russian LGBT Network" organized the departure of 106 people to six countries, the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta" reports. The newspaper published stories of 11 gay men from Chechnya who had already left the republic. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [28 December 2017]