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As The Moscow Times reports, in August this year prison colony No. 31 in Russia’s Komi Republic celebrated the anniversary of its foundation as a Stalinist Gulag in 1937. The plaque installed at the colony reads:
"16 August 1937. In this place construction of the correction colony (Lagpunkt No. 19 'Vodorazdellag - Mikunskaya'). The memorial plaque was put up on 16 August 2016 as a mark of respect and gratitude to those who first built, and to the staff who created, the colony."
Sources:Prison Colony in Russia’s North Celebrates Gulag Foundation, The Moscow Times, 27 October 2016
'В ИК-31 ОТМЕТИЛИ ДЕНЬ КОЛОНИИ,' УФСИН РОССИИ ПО РЕСПУБЛИКЕ КОМИ, 19 August 2016
As The Moscow Times reports, a new monument to Joseph Stalin in the Siberian city of Surgut was put up on 15 September 2016 by a local group of activists, 'Russian Spirit'. The next day protesters threw red paint over the bust (see photo).
Photo: Twitter account @VVP2_0
For other photos of the monument, see Instagram account seag179
'New Stalin Monument Gets Drenched in Red Paint a Day After Going Up,' The Moscow Times, 16 September 2016
"Roman Roslovtsev has been jailed for 20 days for taking a walk in a mask depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin, but could face a prison sentence of up to 5 years. Since this is the fourth time within half a year, he is now liable for prosecution under the draconian new Article 212.1 of the criminal code. The brave young Russian is in fact challenging the authorities to bring criminal liability for repeatedly violating his right to walk around the centre of Moscow in a Putin mask. The 20-day administrative arrest sentence was passed on May 16 by the Tverskoy Court in Moscow. Roslovtsev’s ‘offence’ had been to walk out onto Red Square wearing the above rubber mask of Putin and a T-shirt stating “I’m not afraid of Article 212.1. On previous occasions Roslovtsev has held a placard with the same words. The judge chose to agree with the police that this constituted a violation of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offences, namely the procedure for organizing or holding meetings, demonstrations, marches or pickets. Since the court ordered that the mask be destroyed, it was clearly this that was deemed to constitute an ‘offence’."
According to Stepan Kiskin of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) in Crimea, on the night of 5-6 March unidentified persons sprayed the word 'Executioner' ('Палач') on a memorial to Iosif Stalin located on the wall of the CPRF's headquarters in Simferopol. In a statement which he also published on Twitter, Kiskin appealled to the local FSB and prosecutors to find those responsible prevent future incidents of this kind. RFE/RL quotes Kiskin as stating: 'It is impermissible that vandals should treat the patriotic history of our Fatherland in such an obscene manner, desecrating the memorial plaque on which the generalissimus of the Great Victory is depicted.' [translation by Rights in Russia]
'В Крыму у мемориальной доски Сталина появилась надпись «палач»,' RFE/RL, 3 March 2016
Photo source: RFE/RL
On 16 November 2015, Svetlana Gannushkina took part in a series of one-person pickets outside the Ministry of Justice in Moscow. She was protesting against accusations made against Memorial Human Rights Centre by the Ministry, namely that Memorial by its activities 'undermines the constitutional order' in Russia.
First minutes after release. Aleksei Polikhovich with his wife, Tatyana. 30 October 2015 Stenkino, Ryazna region.
Photo: Dmitry Borko
On 8th September a memorial to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was unveiled in Vladivostok.
Photo by Irina Ronkina, Memorial, St. Petersburg
On 20 July 2015 Liudmila Alekseeva celebrated her 88th birthday.
Photo: Moscow Helsinki Group
On 15 July 2015 five people were arrested in Moscow out of a total of 10 who took part in an action in support of the pop star Zemfira. Participants drew a Z in the colours of the Ukrainian flag on the asphalt in chalk near the Olympic sports complex in Moscow and held up a banner that read [in translation]: 'Don't be daft, it wasn't me who declared war'.
Recently Russian promoters have cancelled contracts with Zemfira after she waved a Ukrainian flag at a concert in Tiblisi, Georgia.
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