Tuesday, 7 February

== Putin Signs Law Decriminalizing Some Domestic Violence ==
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that decriminalizes some forms of domestic violence. The law will categorize as administrative offenses — instead of criminal acts — cases of domestic violence that result in pain but not bodily harm. Dubbed the “slapping law,” the bill would affect parents who strike their children and people who strike their spouses or partners. In the event of any danger to the victim’s health or in the case of repeat offenses, the perpetrator would face criminal charges. […]

== Russian Activist Galperin Detained In Moscow ==
Russian civil-rights activist Mark Galperin has been detained in Moscow. Galperin wrote on Facebook on 7 February that police broke down his apartment door and rushed in before forcibly taking him to a police station. Galperin’s lawyer, Ksenia Kostromina, said that her client will be interrogated soon, adding that she did not know the reasons of his detention or the charges he might face. […]
Source: RFE/RL [7 February 2017]

== European Court Rules Russia Must Pay Activists For Limiting Their Rights ==
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay a group of Russian activists 183,000 euros ($197,300) in compensation for limiting their right to hold public gatherings. The ruling was posted on the court’s website on February 7. According to the court decision, Russia must pay between 7,500 euros ($8,000) and 10,000 euros ($10,700) to each of 23 Russian activists, who include human rights defender Lev Ponomaryov and the leader of the Left Front opposition movement, Sergei Udaltsov. The activists had filed the lawsuits against Russia saying that between 2009 and 2012 local authorities in different ways impeded at least 28 of their public gatherings and marches. […]
Source: RFE/RL [7 February 2017]

== Russian Court Convicts Man for Not Informing on ‘Terrorist’ Friend ==
A man has been fined 70 thousand rubles ($1,180) by a Russian court after failing to tell police that his friend had joined a terrorist group. Ulugbek Gafurov was found guilty after appearing at the Kirovsky District Court in the southern Russian region of Astrakhan. He was prosecuted under new anti-terrorism laws which compel Russian residents to inform the police if they are aware of any terrorism-related crime. It is the first time that the law has been successfully used in Russia since its introduction as part of the infamous Yarovaya package in July 2016. Those found guilty can face up to a year in prison. […]
Source: The Moscow Times [7 February 2017]

== Russia Blocks Porn Site Brazzers for ‘Damaging Human Psyche’ ==

The Russian government has blocked adult video site Brazzers over claims that its pornographic content has a “deeply negative influence on the human psyche.” Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor blacklisted the site Tuesday, blocking access from Russia-based servers. The move follows a decision by Bolsheglushitsky District Court in Russia’s Samara region in October 2016. The court ruled that Brazzers’ pornographic content had a “purely negative impact on the human psyche,” and “violated citizens’ rights,” Russia’s TJ Journal reported. The case was brought to the court by local prosecutors working “in the interests of the Russian Federation.” Brazzers is yet to comment on the decision. […] Source: The Moscow Times [7 February 2017]

== Wife says Kara-Murza diagnosed with “acute poisoning”; blood samples sent to Israeli Lab ==

The wife of well-known Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., who fell critically ill last week in Moscow for the second time in two years, said doctors have diagnosed him with “acute poisoning by an undetermined substance.”  Yevgeniya Kara-Murza told RFE/RL on February 6 that samples of her husband’s blood, hair, and fingernails have been sent to a private laboratory in Israel in an effort to identify the toxin that triggered his sudden illness. “We want to get some samples tested again to try to determine what this ’unidentified’ substance may be,” she told RFE/RL in a Facebook message. […] Source: The Moscow Times [7 February 2017]

== Russian prison doctors suspected of causing inmate’s death by negligence ==

Head Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for St. Petersburg has launched a criminal case against medical professionals of a prison where inmate suffering of cancer has died, RAPSI learnt from lawyer Vitaliy Cherkasov on Tuesday. Doctors are suspected of causing death of inmate by negligence by improper fulfillment of professional duties. The case documents read that a 37-year old inmate suffered from stage IV cancer, HIV and chronic Hepatitis C. In May 2016, the St. Petersburg City Court granted an appeal filed by legal team of an inmate and released her from a prison hospital, finding her condition incompatible with serving term in prison. She died in two months after release. […] Source: RAPSI [7 February 2017]

== Chechnya reopens investigation into suspected militants’ case ==
The investigation into the case against Bekkhan Saraliev, a suspected member of an illegal armed formation (IAF), who allegedly persuaded a teenager to join militants in Syria, has been resumed at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that in January, the Chechen Prosecutor’s Office cancelled the investigator’s decision to suspend the investigation into the criminal case against Bekkhan Saraliev. Chechen prosecutors revealed the “violation of the law in the investigator’s actions during the preliminary investigation.” […]
Source: Caucasian Knot [6 February 2017]

== From 30 January  to 5 February five persons killed in armed conflict in North Caucasus ==
During the week of January 30-February 5, 2017, seven persons fell victim to the armed conflict in Northern Caucasus. Of them, five persons were killed, and two others were wounded. These are the results of the calculations run by the “Caucasian Knot” based on its own materials and information from other open sources. The death toll includes three suspected members of the armed underground and two law enforcers, all of them in Chechnya. […]
Source: Caucasian Knot [6 February 2017]

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