Friday, 10 February

<< DAILY DIGEST, 10 February 2017 >>

  • Court says Dadin’s case to be reviewed, Criminal Code to be amended ●
    The case of imprisoned Russian opposition activist Ildar Dadin is to be reviewed and the article in the Criminal Code under which he was convicted is to be amended, the country’s Constitutional Court has ruled. The court made the decision on February 10 in a second session after adjourning its first hearing last month without announcing a ruling. Dadin, 34, was convicted in December 2015 for participating in illegal demonstrations and is currently serving a 2 1/2-year sentence at a prison in the Altai Region in southwestern Siberia. He was the first person convicted under a controversial Criminal Code article criminalizing participation in more than one unsanctioned protest in a 180-day period. [… RFE/RL 10 February 2017]
  • Six signs there’s no such thing as Internet Freedom in Russia ●
    The international human rights group Agora says Russian authorities have declared war on the Internet. Writing about Crimea, Ukraine, Syria or religion on social media in Russia has become a dangerous business. Saying — or typing — the wrong thing on the internet could now land you a harsher sentence than if you beat your wife.The most recent report on Internet and media freedom in Russia released by the Agora international human rights group paints a bleak picture. Since the beginning of 2015, at least 47 people have been imprisoned for their statements online. Many more saw their websites and blogs classified as extremist or blocked by the government. Others received threats or were subjected to physical violence after expressing their views online. [… The Moscow Times 10 February 2017]
  • Independent radio station Ekho Moskvy facing government closure●
    Independent Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy faces closure within five days if it doesn’t comply with demands from Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor. The government agency requested documents from the media outlet proving its compliance with Russian ownership laws, station chief Alexei Venediktov said on Friday. Laws restricting foreign ownership in the media came into force in Russia on Jan. 1, 2016. Foreign citizens – and Russians who hold dual citizenship – are not allowed to found media companies or hold more than 20 percent share. [… The Moscow Times 10 February 2017]
  • Internet providers to face fines for failure to block websites with banned information●
    The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has adopted in the third and final reading a bill introducing fines for Internet providers failed to restrict access to websites containing information banned in Russia. The blacklist of websites was launched in Russia on November 1, 2012. […RAPSI 10 February 2017]●State Duma passes bill on perpetual privatization of housing●
    The State Duma has passed in the third reading a bill removing time limit for free privatization of housing for all Russian citizens. According to current legislation, privatization of housing was to end on March 1, 2017. [… RAPSI 10 February 2017]●Relatives of detained resident of Ingushetia cannot locate him●
    Today, Mikail Kartoev, a resident of Malgobek, was detained by power agents and taken away to some unknown place, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Memorial” has reported; Mukharbek Kartoev, the detainee’s father, has appealed to the HRC for help. According to the father, in the morning their house was approached by some 50 armed men in masks. “They didn’t introduce themselves and didn’t show their IDs… They read out a resolution about conducting a search; but failed to show the document to the Kartoevs,” says the report of the HRC “Memorial”. According to Mukharbek Kartoev, Mikail’s wife “saw power agents putting something into his pocket,” and after he found the object in his pocket, “they handcuffed him and took out a grenade.” After the search, they put the detainee into a car without number plates and drove away. [… Caucasian Knot 9 February 2017]

    Court leaves Imam Velitov under house arrest●
    Today, the Moscow City Court (MCC) has upheld the extension of house arrest of Makhmud Velitov, the Imam of the Moscow “Yardyam” Mosque, accused of public justification of terrorism in his words about Abdulla Gappaev, who was killed in Dagestan. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that Imam Velitov was detained on July 11, 2016, and charged with public justification of terrorism, which investigators found in Imam’s statements of the Dagestani cleric Gappaev, who was killed on September 16, 2013, in Kizlyar. [… Caucasian Knot 9 February 2017]

  • Zhalaudi Geriev’s defence files appeal against verdict●
    Today, advocates Alaudi Musaev and Nadezhda Ermolaeva have filed to the Presidium of the Supreme Court (SC) of the Chechen Republic an appeal in the case against Zhalaudi Geriev, a “Caucasian Knot” correspondent. The defence requests to cancel the verdict pronounced by the Shali District Court and the decision of the judicial board on criminal cases of the Supreme Court of the Chechen Republic to leave the sentence without changes. The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that the defence described the decision pronounced by the Chechen SC in the Zhalaudi Geriev’s case as illegal. The advocates, who filed the appeal against the verdict to Zhalaudi Geriev, described the judicial board of the Chechen Supreme Court as qualified, but “constrained.” [… Caucasian Knot 9 February 2017]

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