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30 June 2017

posted 30 Jun 2017, 10:06 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 30 Jun 2017, 12:54 ]

Open Russia Deputy Head Leaves Country, Citing Police Pressure
Ilya Novikov, a deputy head of the Open Russia civic movement, says he has “temporarily” left Russia amid what he describes as “large-scale persecutions against those engaged in any political action.” Novikov wrote on social network VKontakte on June 29 that he had left to an unidentified country in Europe following “constant attempts by police to conduct searches” at his workplace. He also said the authorities were trying to punish him for his political activities and prevent him from criticizing the government. Novikov is also the head of Open Russia’s Tatarstan office. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [30 June 2017]

Russia Suspends Payments To Council Of Europe

Russia says it is suspending its financial contributions to the Council of Europe over a dispute regarding Russian delegates who were stripped of their authority following the annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula by Russia. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov informed the Council of Europe's Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland of the decision in a phone conversation, the Foreign Ministry said on June 30. It quoted Lavrov as telling Jagland that the payments would not resume until the "unconditional total restoration" of the rights of Russia's delegation to the organization. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [30 June 2017]

Putin Extends Russia's Countersanctions On Western Food
President Vladimir Putin has extended Russia's embargo on food products from the West until the end of 2018, continuing Moscow's policy of retaliation for Western sanctions against Russia for its seizure of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and its support for pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine. A presidential decree published on June 30 states that the embargo on Western produce, dairy, meat, and most other foods has been extended until December 31, 2018. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [30 June 2017]

Desperate Families Camp Out At Russian Building Site
Families are camping out at a building site in Kazan, Russia, where their new homes have not been finished on time. They say they've nowhere else to go. (Current Time TV) [...]
Source: RFE/RL [30 June 2017]

Russia gives contradictory stories as mother of Russian soldier captured in Ukraine pleas for his release
While official Russian and Kremlin-backed militant sources present conflicting stories about the Russian contract soldier captured in the Luhansk oblast, Viktor Ageyev’s mother has stubbornly repeated what Moscow has tried to dismiss as “fabrication by Ukrainian propagandists”. She wants to know where her son is and since the Russian military are refusing to give any information, she has turned for help to the opposition Yabloko Party. Novaya Gazeta has published Svetlana Ageyeva’s letter to the Altai branch of Yabloko and a letter to the Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu from a prominent Yabloko politician. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [Author: Halya Coynash; 30 June 2017]

Detained for protesting seizure of a children’s camp in Russian-occupied Crimea
Elderly people and mothers with children were among those detained in Russian-occupied Simferopol on June 26 at a totally peaceful protest at plans to ‘nationalize’ the Salute Children’s Camp. The two organizers of the protest are now facing administrative proceedings, while others were forced to provide ‘an explanation’ in writing. Under Russian occupation, any peaceful protests are increasingly being stopped. [...]
Source: Human Rights in Ukraine [Author: Halya Coynash; 30 June 2017]

Interior Ministry backs bill on cancellation of Russian citizenship for terrorists
Russia’s Interior Ministry has prepared a concept of national migration policy, including provision on cancellation of Russian citizenship for committing terrorist and extremist crimes, the document published on the official website of judicial acts reads on Friday. The concept also introduces further changes to Russian legislation, namely an option to decline a motion for acquiring or reinstating Russian citizenship for foreign citizens and people without citizenship extradited to other countries for criminal prosecution or enforcement of sentence. [...]
Source: RAPSI [30 June 2017]

Alleged author of video about demolition of houses in Chechnya released
A resident of Novogrozny, detained after posting a video on the Internet, showing demolition of residential houses, is back at large, his relatives have reported today, adding that the young man is not allowed to leave the settlement. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported with reference to locals that on June 13-14, in the settlement of Novogrozny (Oiskhar), Gudermes District, law enforcers detained over 10 persons. The reason was the search for the author of the video about the demolition of houses during the reconstruction of the settlement launched in May. [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [29 June 2017]

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