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31 May 2017

posted 31 May 2017, 11:16 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 31 May 2017, 16:00 ]
Landlord Of Navalny's Election Headquarters In Irkutsk Attacked
Unknown assailants have attacked the landlord of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny's election campaign headquarters in Irkutsk, Navalny's staff coordinator in the Siberian city says. Sergei Bespalov said on May 31 that seven attackers with baseball bats rushed into the man's office shouting, "You are selling the motherland to Navalny!" before beating him. The man suffered injuries to his face, Bespalov said. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [31 May 2017]

Moscow Court Orders Navalny To Remove Video With Medvedev Corruption Allegations
A Moscow court has ruled in favor of Kremlin-connected oligarch Alisher Usmanov in his defamation lawsuit against opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny. After two days of hearings, Judge Marina Vasina of the Lyubinsky district court on May 31 ordered Navalny to remove from the Internet all publications that mention Usmanov and to publish a retraction within 10 days. She added that the retraction must remain on Navalny's website for three months. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [31 May 2017]

Russian Court Orders Navalny to Apologize for Government Corruption Claims
Russian politician Alexei Navalny has been ordered to delete a viral video accusing Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of corruption. Moscow's Lublinsky court ruled on Wednesday that the clip damaged the reputation of Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov. In the video, Navalny accuses the Uzbek-born billionaire of “gifting” a multi-million dollar mansion to a non-profit organization that channeled illicit money directly to Medvedev. [...]
Source: The Moscow Times [31 May 2017]

Russian Finance Ministry to pay activist Dadin $38,600 for unlawful prosecution
A court in the Moscow Region has granted a lawsuit filed by Russian activist Ildar Dadin in part and ordered the Finance Ministry to pay him 2.2 million rubles (about $38,600) for unlawful prosecution, RAPSI learnt on Wednesday from the Moscow Regional Court’s press-service. [...]
Source: RAPSI [31 May 2017]

Russian billionaire Usmanov wins libel lawsuit against Navalny
Moscow’s Lyublinsky District Court on Wednesday granted a defamation lawsuit filed by Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov against opposition politician Alexey Navalny, RAPSI reports from the courtroom. 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 [31 May 2017]

Kadyrov Invites French, German Leaders To Investigate Reports Of Gay Abuse
The leader of Russia's Chechen Republic on May 30 invited the leaders of France and Germany to visit his region to determine whether reports about gay people being killed and tortured there are true. Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov on social media accused the European leaders of relying on "false information" from news reports and said French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were welcome to visit "in a search for the truth." [...]
Source: RFE/RL [31 May 2017]

Amnesty Challenges Russia Over Abuse Of Gays In Chechnya
Amnesty International says it plans to hand petitions against the abuse of gay men in Chechnya to Russian embassies around the world on June 2. In a May 31 statement, Amnesty said it had gathered more than half a million signatures worldwide on petitions against persecution of men perceived to be gay in the region in Russia's North Caucasus. "The clock is ticking for gay men in Chechnya, who are living under the shadow of this terrifying purge," said John Dalhuisen, the London-based group's director for Europe and Central Asia. [...]
Source: RFE/RL [31 May 2017]

Defence of Novocherkassk journalist Elena Nadtoka demands to cancel verdict due to ECtHR's decision
After more than 12 years, a reconsideration of the verdict against journalist Elena Nadtoka, sentenced for criticizing the Mayor of Novocherkassk, is connected with the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which recognized that the Russian authorities had violated the Elena Nadtoka's right to freedom of expression. This was reported by advocate Tumas Misakyan. The defence intends to seek her rehabilitation, noted lawyer Galina Arapova. The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in 2004, Elena Nadtoka was sentenced to a fine of 50,000 roubles for an article published in the newspaper "Vecherny Novocherkassk", then led by her. In the article, City Mayor Anatoly Volkov was called a "thievish Altai man, who took a comfortable high position." [...]

Source: Caucasian Knot [31 May 2017]

"Rosstat": 25% of Karachay-Cherkessians live below poverty line
During 2016, in Karachay-Cherkessia, the number of residents with incomes below the subsistence minimum increased by 5200 people, the "Rosstat" (Russian Federal State Statistics Service) reports. According to the Karachay-Cherkessian Department of the Federal State Statistics Service, while following the results of 2015, in the republic, 110,000 people (23.5% of the total population of the Karachay-Cherkessian Republic (KChR)) had incomes below the subsistence level, then by the end of 2016, they were 115,200 people (24.7% of the total population of the republic). [...]
Source: Caucasian Knot [30 May 2017]