|— 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 June Moscow military court Judge Yury Zhitnkov removed one woman from the jury for failing to declare in advance that her husband, who died in 2013, had a criminal conviction. A second juror was removed for allegedly bringing unauthorized materials from the case investigation into the courtroom. (More, see RFE/RL, 27 June 2017)
— KURSK REGION LAWMAKER UNDAUNTED BY DEFAMATION CONVICTION —
Criticizing the governing authorities would seem to be just part of the job for an opposition politician. But a judge in Russia’s Kursk Region disagrees. On 26 Jun, the Lenin district court in Kursk found former liberal local legislator Olga Li guilty of defaming local judge Lyudmila Shurova and fined her 90,000 rubles ($1,525).
The charges stemmed from videos that Li posted on the Internet — particularly one in March 2016 that she addressed to Russian President Vladimir Putin and in which she railed against corruption and lawlessness throughout her region. (More, see RFE/RL, 27 June 2017)
— DESPITE PERSECUTION, CRIMEAN TATARS CELEBRATE NATIONAL FLAG DAY —
Crimean Tatar National Flag Day passed without arrests in Russian-occupied Crimea this year, but each group of people who joined together in flash mobs and other gatherings knew that they could face detention, fines, or harassment later. Nor could any Crimean Tatar with an active civic position be unaware of the danger since 26 June was also the 41st birthday of Emir-Usein Kuku, a human rights activist, held in detention since February 2017 on fabricated charges.
Despite detentions and fines for no more than driving with the Crimean Tatar flag on 18 May, the anniversary of the Deportation, many Crimean Tatars gathered around the flag on 26 June, near Feodosia, Bakhchysarai and other places. In the Feodosia region, for example, activists prepared a video to mark the festival, with children, their parents, teachers and activists taking part in a huge flash mob, with poetry reading, folk dances, and much more around the flag. (More, see Human Rights in Ukraine, 27 June 2017)