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30 May 2017

posted 30 May 2017, 12:51 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 May 2017, 14:26 ]
Global activists demand protection for gay men in Chechnya
Amnesty International has gathered more than half a million signatures worldwide on petitions calling for an end to the appalling persecution of men perceived to be gay in the Russian republic of Chechnya.
As part of a global day of action on 2 June, Amnesty International activists will hand in petitions to Russian embassies around the world. There will also be an array of stunts in major cities in the next week, to protest the coordinated campaign of abductions, torture and death by the Chechen authorities. “The clock is ticking for gay men in Chechnya, who are living under the shadow of this terrifying purge. We are urging the international community to open their doors to all those fleeing homophobic persecution in Chechnya,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe and Central Asia. [...]
Source: Amnesty International [30 May 2017]

Daghestan Court Sentences Man To 19 Years On Terrorism Charges
A court in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan has sentenced a local man to 19 years in prison on terrorism charges. The Investigative Committee's branch in Daghestan said on May 30 that Nariman Bashirov was found guilty of two murders, a number of attempted murders of law-enforcement officers, abduction, joining a terrorist group, involvement in a 2013 terrorist act in Daghestan, and other crimes. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [30 May 2017]

Moscow Court Rejects Navalny Motions In Oligarch's Defamation Suit
A Moscow court has held the first hearing of a defamation lawsuit filed by Kremlin-connected oligarch Alisher Usmanov against opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny. Lyublinsky District Court Judge Marina Vasina on May 30 refused to grant any of the 16 motions proposed by the defense, including requests to summon key witnesses and for relevant documents from the state property registry and tax service to be entered into evidence. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [30 May 2017]

Holy Roller: News Site Told Russian Priest's Land Cruiser Is Off-Limits
A Russian priest with a taste for lavish cars has landed in the spotlight after a furious letter in his name demanded that a regional news site delete its report about his luxury SUV or face a criminal complaint. The local eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church in Oryol later labeled Bishop Nektary's letter a "fake," but the Oryol Novosti website insists on its authenticity. Nektary first came to national attention when several media organizations -- including Open Russia, a rights and democracy initiative founded by former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky -- reported that the priest owned a Toyota Land Cruiser V8 worth upward of 5 million rubles ($88,000). [...]
Source: RFE/RL [30 May 2017]

Grand Chamber of ECHR to review Navalny’s case
The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights’ (ECHR) will review the case involving Russia’s Government and opposition politician Alexey Navalny, the court’s press-release reads on Tuesday.
Requests to refer the case to the court’s Grand Chamber have been filed by the both parties. On February 2, the ECHR granted an appeal filed by Navalny and ruled that Russian authorities had violated the European Convention on Human Rights by repeatedly detaining Navalny in 2012-2014. The court ordered Russian authorities to pay the applicant about €63,600 in compensation for material and moral damage caused including €12,653 in respect of costs and expenses. [...]

Source: RAPSI [30 May 2017]

ECtHR ruling in favor of Russian opposition politician Kasparov takes effect
The ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) awarding €5,000 in compensation to opposition politician and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov for violation of his rights during a 2007 anti-government rally in Moscow, has become effective, according to the court’s press release issued on Tuesday. Russia’s request to refer the case to the court’s Grand Chamber for review was dismissed. In December 2016, the ECHR held that rights of Garry Kasparov, the Russian opposition politician and former world chess champion, had been violated during a 2007 anti-government rally in Moscow. [...]
Source: RAPSI [30 May 2017]

Right to free elections in Russia violated in 2011 – ECtHR
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday that Russian authorities had violated rights of several individuals to participate in free elections to the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg back in December 2011, the court’s ruling reads on Tuesday. The applicants in this case were registered voters with five of them being candidates to the Assembly as representatives of the Just Russia party and others being members of the electoral commissions or observers. They alleged that the commissions in the city’s Kolpino District participated in mass falsifications of election results in favor of the ruling party during the recounts of registered votes. [...]
Source: RAPSI [30 May 2017]

In Makhachkala, police release detained participants of anticorruption rally
In Makhachkala, all the detained participants of the anticorruption rally were released on the same day. Two of them and an organizer of the rally are accused of violating the procedure for holding the rally, and another participant of the rally is charged of disorderly conduct. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 27, a rally was held in Makhachkala which gathered more than 300 people. Eyewitnesses claimed the detention of Abdulla Gabibulaev, Zagalav Somoev, Patimat Gadjieva, and Luiza Suleimanova. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [29 May 2017]
HRC "Memorial" extends list of political prisoners
The lists of people recognized by the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" as political prisoners mention 23 people, including residents of Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia, Kalmykia, and the Krasnodar Territory. In total, there are 118 people in the lists, and that is 16 more than in late October of 2016. "The lists are certainly incomplete. In many cases, it was not possible to get materials, and in many others, materials are under examination... However, the number of names on the lists is growing, and that indicates the growth of the scale of politically motivated repressions in the country," note human rights defenders from the HRC "Memorial". [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [29 May 2017]