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Week-ending 22 July 2016

posted 24 Jul 2016, 07:35 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Jul 2016, 07:48 ]



Protest banned            
Constitutional Court   


Leonid Volkov                    
Primorsky Partisans            

Investigative Committee

Extremism

Death in custody


Unpaid wages


Artem Shestakov

Pavel Sheremet

Amnesty International & Human Rights Watch

Right of assembly 
On 22/7 Moscow City Hall withdrew permission for a protest against new anti-terror laws given earlier. (The Moscow Times, 22/7) 

On 22/7 the Constitutional Court ruled activists at public rallies can partially cover their faces so long as it does not present a ‘significant obstacle to identification.’ (The Moscow Times, 22/7)

Justice system
On 21/7 prosecutors demanded a two-year suspended sentence in the trial of activist Leonid Volkov, charged with preventing the work of a journalist. (The Moscow Times, 21/7)

On 20/7 a Vladivostok court cleared five imprisoned men known as the Primorsky Partisans originally convicted of a 2009 quadruple murder. Three of the five remain in prison for other crimes. (RFE/RL, 20/7)

On 19/7 the FSB detained employees of the Moscow Investigative Committee over alleged bribery. (The Moscow Times, 19/7)

Police
On 19/7 Moscow police said they recorded a 25% increase in extremist crimes, and an 86% rise in online extremism, in the first half of 2016. (The Moscow Times, 19/7)

On 21/7 Yaroslavl police said a suspect being questioned died when he jumped from a local police station window. (Meduza, 21/7)

Social rights 
On 22/7, over 200 construction workers went on strike at Vostochny Cosmodrome over unpaid wages. (The Moscow Times, 22/7)

Ukraine
On 18/7 the FSB arrested Artem Shestakov, an OSCE interpreter in eastern Ukraine, on charges of spying. (The Moscow Times, 18/7)

On 20/7 Pavel Sheremet, a journalist and friend of Boris Nemtsov, was killed by a car bomb in Kiev. (The Moscow Times, 21/7)

On 21/7 Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch accused the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine of arbitrary detention and torture of civiliians. (AIHRW, 21/7)

Week-ending 15 July 2016

posted 16 Jul 2016, 00:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Jul 2016, 03:28 ]



Mahmoud Velitov


Roman Badanin

OSCE


Ekho 
Moskvy


Sergei Krivov


Women of the Don  


Defamation 
suit

Igor Shuvalov


Admir Talibov


James Malecky

Jeff Shell
Freedom of expression
On 12/7 imam of Moscow's Yardyam Mosque Mahmoud Velitov was arrested on charges of inciting terrorism for alleged support for Abdullah Gappaev, alleged member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organization banned in Russia. (The Moscow Times, 12/7)

On 13/7 Roman Badanin, former editor of the RBC website, said Kremlin pressure over reporting of the Panama Papers and other sensitive issues led to his dismissal. (The Moscow Times, 13/7)

On 13/7 the OSCE expressed concern over the decision by Russian authorities to publish what they called an updated "list of terrorists and extremists," which includes journalists and activists. (RFE/RL, 13/7)

On 14/7 Ekho Moskvy’s editor-in-chief, Aleksei Venediktov, said FSB investigators asked for a list of employees in connection with an investigation into an article by Andrei Piontkovsky published on the station's website. (RFE/RL, 14/7)

Right of assembly
On 15/7 Sergei Krivov, a jailed participant in the 2012 Bolotnaya Square protest, was released. (The Moscow Times, 16/7)

Right of association
On 11/7 Rostov Regional Court dismissed an appeal by the NGO the Women of Don Foundation against its inclusion in the ‘foreign agent’ register. (Caucasian Knot, 12/7)

Aleksei Navalny
On 12/7 a Moscow court dismissed Navalny's slander lawsuit against state broadcaster VGTRK and government media boss Dmitry Kiselyov over a report accusing him of being on the payroll of U.S. and UK intelligence. (RFE/RL, 12/7)

On 14/7 Aleksei Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation accused first deputy PM Igor Shuvalov of using an undeclared $62-million private business jet. (The Moscow Times, 14/7)

North Caucasus
On 11/7 a counterterrorism operation in the Dagestan village of Miskindzha in Dokuzparinsky district ended with the killing of Admir Talibov, an alleged militant, police said. (RFE/RL, 12/7)

US citizens
On 12/7 a supporter of LGBT rights, American pastor James Malecky, appealed a decision to fine and deport him from Russia for illegal missionary work. (The Moscow Times, 12/7)

On 13/7 Jeff Shell, chair of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the U.S. agency that oversees civilian government broadcasting and media operations, was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and denied entry to Russia. (RFE/RL, 13/7)

Week-ending 8 July 2016

posted 10 Jul 2016, 09:59 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Jul 2016, 02:59 ]



Judicial Decisions 


Ekho Moskvy 


RBC 

Encryption 

Websites on elections 


Foreign agent law 


Oleksandr Shestakovych 


Anti-terrorism 
law 


Aleksei Pichugin 

Dmitry Kamenshchik 

Nikita Belykh 

Parachutists 


9 dead in Dagestan
Freedom of expression 
On 4/7 Roskomnadzor officially warned the Judicial Decisions website for reposting court verdicts from government websites for violating data protection law. (The Moscow Times, 5/5) 

On 5/7 FSB agents searched the Moscow studios of Ekho Moskvy and summoned the station’s web editor for questioning re an investigation of Andrei Piontkovsky. (RFE/RL, 5/7) 

On 7/7 two journalists from state-owned TASS news agency were given top editorial roles at RBC. (The Moscow Times, 7/7) 

On 7/7 President Putin gave the FSB 14 days to find encryption keys to monitor online messaging. (The Moscow Times, 7/7) 

On 8/7 Roskomnadzor said it had blocked four websites that called for a boycott of the elections. (RFE/RL, 8/7) 

Right of association 
On 7/7 Arktika, a youth-oriented NGO in Altai region, has been added to the list of foreign agents. (The Moscow Times, 7/7) 

Right of assembly 
On 2/7 Oleksandr Shestakovych, organizer of a small picket calling for the release of jailed Ukrainians, was detained in Crimea and charged with infringing public assembly rules. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 4/7) 

Legislation 
On 7/7 President Putin signed into law counter-terrorism legislation that includes measures toughening punishment for extremism and terrorism and increasing the state's surveillance capabilities. (RFE/RL, 7/7) 

High profile legal cases 
On 4/7 Mikhail Khodorkovsky accused the FSB of blackmailing Aleksei Pichugin to give testimony against him in a murder trial. (The Moscow Times, 5/7) 

On 6/7 prosecutors ordered the dropping of charges against Dmitry Kamenshchik, owner of Domodedovo International Airport, related to a terrorist attack five years ago. (RFE/RL, 6/7) 

On 6/7 Moscow City Court refused to allow Kirov governor Nikita Belykh, charged with taking bribes, to be released on a 28-million rouble bail. (RAPSI, 6/6) 

On 6/7 a Moscow court awarded four parachutists compensation for wrongful prosecution for allegedly vandalizing a Stalin-era skyscraper. (The Moscow Times, 7/7) 

North Caucasus 
On 8/7 the authorities said 8 members of an armed group and one law enforcement officer were killed, three FSB officers injured in clashes south of Makhachkala, Dagestan. (RFE/RL, 8/7)

Week-ending 1 July 2016

posted 4 Jul 2016, 02:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Jul 2016, 02:14 ]



Websites blocked 

Vladimir 
Luzgin 


Valentina Cherevatenko 


Aleksei 
Navalny 


Demolitions in Moscow 


Anti-terrorism 
bill 

Federation Council 


Oleg Navalny 

Nikita Belykh 

Grigory 
Rodchenko 


Dagestan
Freedom of expression 
On 29/6 a Moscow court ruled to ban four websites for providing information on how to avoid compulsory military service. (The Moscow Times, 29/6) 

On 30/6 Vladimir Luzgin was convicted and fined 200,000 roubles for reposting on his social network page a text stating the USSR invaded Poland in 1939. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 1/7) 

Right of association 
On 28/6 reports said for the first time criminal charges for fraudulent evasion of the ‘foreign agent' law have been brought in the case of Valentina Cherevatenko, chair of the NGO Women of the Don. (Meduza via Vedomosti, 28/6) 

Elections 
On 29/6, Ella Pamfilova, head of the Central Election Commission, rejected a plea by Aleksei Navalny, who demanded that the government register his political group, The Party of Progress. (Meduza, 29/6) 

Property rights 
On 28/6 Moscow Mayor Sobyanin announced the demolition of another 107 pavilions that, according to the city authorities, were built illegally. (The Moscow Times, 28/6) 

Legislation 
On 29/6 the Federation Council passed an anti-terrorism legislation package that includes far-reaching surveillance initiatives, harsher punishments for inciting or justifying terrorism online, and an increase in the number of crimes with which children can be charged. (The Moscow Times, 29/6) 

On 29/6 the Federation Council planned to consider a whopping 160 new laws as it scrambled to wrap things up before summer recess. (RFE/RL, 29/6) 

High profile cases 
On 27/6 Aleksei Navalny said his jailed brother Oleg’s request for early release had been rejected by prison authorities. (RFE/RL, 27/6) 

On 29/6 Nikita Belykh, a Kirov regional governor and Kremlin critic who was detained on bribery charges this week, started a hunger strike. (RFE/RL, 30/6) 

On 1/7 charges case against Dmitry Kameshchik, owner of Moscow's Domodedovo Airport under house arrest since February, were dismissed by Moscow City Court. (The Moscow Times, 1/7) 

North Caucasus 
On 27/6 the remains of two men were found inside an exploded car in Dagestan. (RFE/RL, 28/6)

Week-ending 24 June 2016

posted 26 Jun 2016, 02:46 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Jun 2016, 11:54 ]



March banned



Novaya gazeta



Scientology



Women of the Don


Anti-terrorism 
bill


PACE



HIV patients



Magomed 
Suleimanov


Investigation 


Grigory Rodchenko
Right of assembly
On 23/6 Moscow authorities rejected a request to hold a memorial march for the victims of the Orlando terrorist attack on grounds it was received less than 10 days before the event was due to be held on June 27. (The Moscow Times, 24/6)

Freedom of expression
On 22/6 police raided the St. Petersburg offices of Novaya Gazeta. Officers also searched the offices of the Leningrad Region Television Company. (The Moscow Times, 23/6)

Freedom of conscience
On 21/6 10 people were detained after police searched the office of St. Petersburg’s scientology organization. Large-scale searches were carried out in the Moscow and St. Petersburg churches of Scientology. (The Moscow Times, 21/6)

Right of association
On 24/6 investigators conducted a search of the offices of the NGO Women of the Don in Rostov region. (RIA Novosti, 24/6)

Legislation
On 24/6 the State Duma passed an antiterrorism bill that includes provisions stiffening punishment for extremism and terrorism, increasing government surveillance capabilities, and holding individuals criminally responsible if they fail to report others to authorities in connection with certain crimes. (RFE/RL, 24/6)

Elections
On 23/6 reports said the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has been excluded from participating in Duma elections as international observers. (The Moscow Times, 23/6)

Public services
On 24/6 reports said HIV patients in Moscow region have complained about a shortage of medicine, with patients refused necessary treatment. (The Moscow Times, 24/6)

North Caucasus
On 22/6 the Memorial Human Rights Centre suggested Magomed Suleimanov, a Salafist whose body was found at the site of a counterterrorist operation in Southern Dagestan, could have been killed earlier. (Caucasian Knot, 22/6)

Boris Nemtsov
On 20/6 the Investigative Committee said it has concluded its investigation into the murder of Boris Nemtsov. (The Moscow Times, 20/6)

Doping in sports
On 18/6 investigators opened a criminal probe into Grigory Rodchenkov, former director of the country's anti-doping laboratory turned whistleblower. (RFE/RL, 19/6)

Week-ending 17 June 2016

posted 19 Jun 2016, 03:44 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 Jun 2016, 13:05 ]



Jehovah’s Witnesses 


Saida 
Vagabova 

Aleksei Sapov 


Foreign agent law 


LGBT couple 
detained 

Protestors against Chaika detained 


Hennadiy 
Afanasyev 


LGBT nightclub  

Vkontakte 
employee 

Parnas activist 

NGO UN rep threatened 

10 killed 
in Dagestan 


Golos alleges violations
Freedom of conscience 
On 16/6 the Supreme Court ruled a Belgorod region Jehovah’s Witnesses group must close for ‘extremism’. (RAPSI, 16/6) 

Freedom of expression 
On 11/6 law enforcement agents detained Saida Vagabova, a journalist with the weekly Chernovik, as she covered a rally about missing persons. (Caucasian Knot, 11/6). 

On 14/6 Aleksei Sapov, chief editor of the Crimea newspaper Argumenty Nedeli – Krym, was arrested and held in detention. (Human Rights in Ukraine, 16/6) 

Right of association 
On 13/6 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Russia to amend the ‘foreign agent’ law. (The Moscow Times, 13/6) 

Right of assembly 
On 13/6 a gay couple Feliks Glyukman and Islam Abdullabekov were detained by police after attempting to pay tribute to the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. (RFE/RL, 15/6) 

On 15/6 several protestors were temporarily detained outside the Council of the Federation as Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika was sworn in for another five-year term. (RFE/RL, 15/6) 

Torture 
On 14/6 Ukrainians Hennadiy Afanasyev and Yuriy Soloshenko arrived in Kyiv after release from prison in Russia. Afanasyev alleged he had been tortured. (RFE/RL, 14/6) 

Violence 
On 12/6 football fans attacked an LGBT nightclub in Ekaterinburg. (The Moscow Times, 16/6) 

On 12/6 an employee for Russian social network website VKontakte was attacked in St. Petersburg following posts he made criticizing the government. (The Moscow Times, 13/6) 

On 14/6 three men attacked Aleksandr Bragin, Parnas opposition party regional leader in Ulyanovsk. (The Moscow Times, 14/6) 

On 14/6 president of the UN HRC in Geneva condemned a threatening message allegedly sent by a RF diplomat to NGO representative Florin Irminger. (The New York Times, 14/6) 

On 17/6 four security officers and six militants were killed in Dagestan. Law enforcement officials say the casualties are the result of two separate counterterrorist operations. (RFE/RL, 17/6) 

Elections 
On 15/6 election watchdog Golos accused the ruling United Russia party of numerous violations during their primaries in May. (The Moscow Times, 15/6)

Week-ending 10 June 2016

posted 10 Jun 2016, 11:35 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Jun 2016, 11:38 ]

Freedom of conscience  / 
Freedom of expression  /  Right of assembly  /  Right of association  /  Yukos  /  Council of Europe 

Week-ending 3 June 2016

posted 4 Jun 2016, 15:03 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 4 Jun 2016, 15:16 ]

Freedom of expression  /  
Right of association  /  Deportations  /  North Caucasus  /  Ukraine 

Week-ending 27 May 2016

posted 28 May 2016, 06:27 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 28 May 2016, 06:28 ]

Freedom of expression /  
Activists  /  Right of association  /  Stalin  /  Ukraine 

Week-ending 20 May 2016

posted 20 May 2016, 07:24 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 May 2016, 07:25 ]

Freedom of expression  /  
Right of association  /  Right of assembly  /  Right to privacy   /  Violence against activists  /  North Caucasus /  Ukraine 

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