Team 29: Spring is here

posted 28 Apr 2019, 06:56 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 Apr 2019, 06:59 ]

19 April 2019

Hi, this is Tanya Torocheshnikova

It seems spring has finally come to St Petersburg, and it's become impossible to think about anything other than escaping onto the street to sit on the benches, bask in the sun and forget business for a little while. I will probably do this – but first I will tell you what happened this week.

What’s been going on?

  • On its third reading, the State Duma adopted a law on the isolation of the Russian part of the internet – or, as they call it themselves, ‘the law on a reliable internet’. Actually, isolation is a much more reliable outcome. Given that this internet will also be slow, because the installation of additional equipment for ‘counteracting threats’ will severely affect its speed, then the authorities will have nothing to fear. Slow, bad and reliable. Coming to all smartphones from November 2019.
  • We remembered the protest march that took place on 15 April 2007 in St Petersburg (twelve, I repeat TWELVE years ago). There were fights with riot police, the first incompetent detentions (policemen calling the authorities and add asking what to write in the reports), fines up to a maximum of one thousand roubles – it was a golden time. We talked about how it all began, how it ended and why it all happened.
  • And on Friday the biggest and best news came: the European Court upheld our joint complaint with the Centre for International Protection and demanded the immediate hospitalisation of Viktor Kudryavtsev, an elderly scientist who has since July of last year been imprisoned in a pre-trial detention centre, facing a ridiculous accusation by the FSB.

I’ll finish here. Remember that even after an interminable and harsh winter the spring always comes, and find time to go out onto the street and sit on a bench.

With love,

Tanya and K29

Translated by Anna Bowles