Friday, 30 June

<< Daily Digests – June 2017 >> — “OPEN RUSSIA” DEPUTY HEAD LEAVES COUNTRY, CITING POLICE PRESSURE — Ilya Novikov, a deputy head of the Open Russia civic movement, says he has “temporarily” left Russia amid what he describes as “large-scale harassment of  those engaged in any political protest.” Novikov wrote on social network VKontakte on…

Thursday, 29 June

<< Daily Digests – June 2017 >> — CHECHEN GANG GUILTY OF NEMTSOV’S MURDER — A Russian jury has found five ethnic Chechen men guilty of murdering leading opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. Zaur Dadayev shot the former deputy prime minister, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, in February 2015 near the Kremlin. Four others acted as…

Wednesday, 28 June

<< Daily Digests – June 2017 >> — ITALIANS ARRESTED IN NIZHNY NOVGOROD HAVE BEEN FINED — Members of the human rights organisation “Antigone” (Rome, Italy) were fined on 27 June 2017 for violating migration rules in Russia, reports Irina Protasova, Chair of the “Individual and Law” NGO (Yoshkar-Ola, Russia). Both NGOs are members of…

Tuesday, 27 June

<< Daily Digests – June 2017 >> — JURY RESUMES DELIBERATIONS IN NEMTSOV TRIAL — The jury in the trial of five men charged in connection with the 2015 killing of opposition politician and former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov have resumed their deliberations after two jurors were dismissed for procedural violations. On 27…

Charged under the “foreign agent” law

An interview for the Russian service of Voice of America with Valentina Cherevatenko << No. 25 (258), 26 June 2017 >> For the first time, criminal charges have been brought for failure to obey the law on “foreign agents,” a law which enables the Russian authorities to attach the label “foreign agent” to organizations which…