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Week-ending 24 June 2016

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

March banned

Novaya gazeta


Women of the Don



HIV patients



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)

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)

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 


Aleksei Sapov 

Foreign agent law 

LGBT couple 

Protestors against Chaika detained 


LGBT nightclub  


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) 

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) 

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) 

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 

Week-ending 13 May 2016

posted 16 May 2016, 02:58 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 16 May 2016, 03:03 ]

Freedom of expression   /  Right of association  /  Freedom of movement   /  Activists  /  North Caucasus   /  Crimea

Week-ending 6 May 2016

posted 8 May 2016, 04:05 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 8 May 2016, 04:05 ]

Freedom of expression  /  
Right to privacy  /  Right of assembly  /  Justice system  /  Refugees   /  Stalin  /  North Caucasus  /  Ukraine 

Week-ending 29 April 2016

posted 1 May 2016, 11:53 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 1 May 2016, 11:53 ]

Right of association  /  
Freedom of expression   /  Right of assembly   /  Opposition politicians   /  Corruption 

Week-ending 22 April 2016

posted 25 Apr 2016, 00:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 25 Apr 2016, 00:32 ]

Elections  /  
Freedom of expression  /  Right of association   /  International law 

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