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Week-ending 14 October 2016

posted 16 Oct 2016, 12:58 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 Oct 2016, 13:05 ]

Right of association  /  
Freedom of expression  /  Freedom of movement  /  North Caucasus  /  Council of Europe  /  Crimea 

Week-ending 7 October 2016

posted 8 Oct 2016, 02:49 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 Oct 2016, 12:06 ]

Right of assembly  /  
Right of association  /  Freedom of expression  /  Freedom of conscience  /  Chechnya 

Week-ending 30 September 2016

posted 3 Oct 2016, 01:55 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 3 Oct 2016, 01:56 ]

Freedom of expression  /  
Right of assembly  /  Gender rights  /  Racism  /  North Caucasus  /  Government personnel  / Crimea   /  Flight MH17   /  Syria 

Week-ending 23 September 2016

posted 26 Sep 2016, 01:41 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Sep 2016, 01:45 ]

Parliamentary elections  / F
reedom of expression  /  Right of assembly  /  Law enforcement  /  Award 

Week-ending 16 September 2016

posted 18 Sep 2016, 13:35 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 18 Sep 2016, 13:38 ]

Freedom of expression  /  Right of association  /  Activists  /  Alleged corruption  /  Monuments  /  North Caucasus  /  Crimea 

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Week-ending 9 September 2016

posted 12 Sep 2016, 03:21 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 12 Sep 2016, 03:21 ]







Kuznetsova replaces Astakhov 


Freedom of expression
On 5/9 a court in Chechnya sentenced local journalist Zhalaudi Geriev, who worked for Caucasian Knot, to three years in prison on dubious drug possession charges. Human Rights Watch said it has no doubt Geriev is being punished for his work as a journalist. (Human Rights Watch, 6/7)

On 7/9 investigators in Moscow filed extremism charges against David Nuriev, better known as the rapper ‘Ptakha’ for allegedly insulting members of the ‘Anti-Dealer’ movement, an anti-narcotics group, at a Moscow concert. (The Moscow Times, 7/9)

On 7/9 Amnesty International declared Ruslan Sokolovsky, a 21-year-old law student and blogger from Ekaterinburg currently in pre-trial detention and facing up to five years’ imprisonment for a video he published showing himself playing Pokemon GO in a church, a prisoner of conscience. (Amnesty International, 7/9)

On 8/9 Sverdlovsk regional court transferred video-blogger Ruslan Sokolovsky to house arrest. (RFE/RL, 8/9)

Right of association
On 5/9 leading independent polling agency Levada Centre was labelled a ‘foreign agent’ by the justice ministry and said it cannot now work. The Centre cannot now conduct any work linked to the election campaign. (BBC, 5/9)

On 5/9 the Ministry of Justice began an audit of International Memorial Society audit to determine whether it should be designated as a ‘foreign agent.’ (RFE/RL, 7/9)

Freedom of conscience
On 5/9 the Mormon church said it had cut the number of missionaries being sent to Russia, saying the adjustment was forced by Russia's new antiterrorism law. (RFE/RL, 6/7)

Children’s rights ombudsperson
On 9/9 President Putin accepted the resignation of children's rights commissioner Pavel Astakhov. His replacement is Anna Kuznetsova, who has headed an association of groups supporting families since 2015. (RFE/RL, 9/9)

North Caucasus
On 5/9 the Russian authorities said two militants, who were involved in a series of terrorist attacks, and one security officer, had been killed in Magaramkent, Dagestan. (RFE/RL, 5/9)

On 7/9 Crimean Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov, former deputy chair of the Crimean Tatars' Mejlis charged with separatism, was released from a psychiatric hospital in Crimea where he had been forcibly held since August and where he said conditions were a threat to his physical health. (RFE/RL, 7/9)

Week-ending 29 July 2016

posted 8 Sep 2016, 08:12 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 Sep 2016, 08:20 ]



Privacy on social networks






Crime rate

Freedom of expression
On 23/7 FSB officers searched the Moscow apartments of Andrei Piontkovsky and of his daughter. Piontkovsky is a Kremlin critic who left Russia earlier this year for fear of persecution over an article he wrote. (RFE/RL, 23/7)

On 25/7, the UN Economic and Social Council overturned a move by Russia and other countries to block accreditation for the Committee to Protect Journalists. (RFE/RL, 26/7)

On 28/7 the Interior Ministry announced a search to buy software that will allow them to spy on social network users, reading private messages, collecting geolocation data and analyzing connections between different users. (The Moscow Times, 28/7)

Right of assembly
On 26/7 protests against repressive new anti-terror legislation took place in major cities across Russia. The largest protest took place in Novosibirsk. Protests were banned in St. Petersburg and Moscow. (The Moscow Times, 27/7)

Domestic violence
On 27/7 reports said Elena Mizulina, a member of the Federation Council responsible for the "gay propaganda" law, proposed legislation to decriminalize domestic violence. (RFE/RL, 27/7)

Crime & Punishment
On 25/7 Interfax reported more than 240 prisoners had rioted in a prison colony in the Siberian Republic of Khakassia. Prison officials regained control of the colony on Monday. (The Moscow Times, 25/7)

On 26/7 the five men suspected of killing opposition politician Boris Nemtsov were granted their request for a jury trial. A spokesperson for Moscow District Military Court said that the court would begin selecting 12 jurors after 24/8. All five suspects requested a jury trial. The trial's preliminary hearings took place on 25/7 behind closed doors, with all suspects pleading not guilty of Nemtsov's murder. (The Moscow Times, 26/7)

On 26/7, investigators said they had searched the office and home of Andrei Belyaninov, head of the Federal Customs Agency, and the home of his former adviser, businessman Sergei Lobanov, in connection with a smuggling case. (RFE/RL, 26/7)

On 29/7 the Prosecutor’s Office said crime in Russia increased 3% in the first half of 2016. (The Moscow Times, 29/7)

On 24/7 a spokesman for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said 6 Ukrainian soldiers had been killed and 13 injured in the previous 24 hours in fighting against Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. (RFE/RL, 24/7)

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


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)

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)

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



Sergei Krivov

Women of the Don  


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 



Websites on elections 

Foreign agent law 

Oleksandr Shestakovych 


Aleksei Pichugin 

Dmitry Kamenshchik 

Nikita Belykh 


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) 

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)

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