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 their accomplices.

The group were allegedly promised $250,000 (£192,000) to kill Nemtsov. They all denied the charges. Nemtsov’s relatives fear that whoever ordered the murder will never be found. (More, see BBC , 29 June 2017)

Nemtsov Bridge, January 2016

“Nemtsov” Bridge, one year on (the Kremlin’s red walls can be seen, left, in the background)

– “TELEGRAM” REGISTERS WITH REGULATOR —
The founder of encrypted messaging app Telegram has agreed to register the company in Russia, following pressure from the authorities. Russia’s communications regulator Roskomnadzor had warned that Telegram would be blocked if it did not comply with new data laws. Founder Pavel Durov said the company would be registered on the government’s list of information distributors. However, he insisted Telegram would not share confidential user data. (More, see BBC , 29 June 2017)

NAVALNY APPEALS AGAINST USMANOV RULING
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has appealed against a ruling in favour billionaire Alisher Usmanov in a libel dispute, the press office of Moscow’s Lyublinsky district court told RAPSI on Thursday. In late May, the court granted filing of a defamation lawsuit filed by Usmanov against Navalny. The court recognized information about Usmanov distributed by the Anti-Corruption Foundation and Navalny as discrediting and untrue and ordered the defendants to refute the statements. (More, see RAPSI , 29 June 2017)

LIFE EXPECTANCY HITS RECORD HIGH
Russian life expectancy has reached record highs, new data has revealed. Russian citizens born in 2016 are expected to live 71.87 years on average, according to State statistics agency Rosstat. Women still outlast men, with the average Russian female living to 77.06, compared to 66.5 years for males. The southern Russian region of Ingushetia boasted the highest life expectancy in the country, with residents expected to live 80.8 years on average. It was followed by Dagestan and Moscow, where new-borns are predicted to live 77.2 years and 77 years respectively. (More, see The Moscow Times , 29 June 2017)

BUT 10% ARE STRUGGLING TO BUY FOOD, SAYS POLL –
One in ten Russians does not have enough money to buy basic groceries, a new report has revealed. A new survey by State-backed pollster VTsIOM found that ten percent of Russians struggled to cover the costs of food, while 29 percent said that they could not afford to replace worn-out clothes. In particular, pensioners said they faced financial hardship, with over half of Russians above the age of 65 unable to afford clothing or enough groceries. (More, see The Moscow Times , 29 June 2017)

VOLGOGRAD MOTHER FINED FOR SON’S PARTICIPATION IN RALLY
A court levied a 10,000-rouble fine on the mother of a teenager who took part in the 26 March rally in support of oppositionist Alexei Navalny in Volgograd. The “Caucasian Knot” reports that about 30 people were detained at a rally in Volgograd on 26 March. Alexei Volkov, coordinator of the Navalny’s election office, was fined 15,000 roubles for organizing the rally. (More, see Caucasian Knot , 28 June 2017)

SAVELYEVA COMPLAINS TO ECtHR ABOUT VIOLATION OF HER RIGHTS

Ludmila Savelieva [Savelyeva], a so-called “Olympic re-settler” from Sochi, has sent a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) about violations of her rights to property and housing. Sochi advocates believe the subject of the complaint to be promising.

“Caucasian Knot” reported that in December 2011, the Savelyev family of five, including two children, was evicted from a barrack, later demolished during construction of the Olympic highway. Having received no housing in exchange, in February 2015 the family occupied a cottage in the settlement of Vesyoloye Psou, intended for Olympic re-settlers. On 22 May 22, bailiffs forced the family out of the cottage, and they were temporarily sheltered by neighbours. (More, see Caucasian Knot , 28 June 2017)

 

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