|— 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 the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. According to Protasova, the human rights activists were held in the police station for about six hours. During this time, the migration service representatives completed five reports on administrative offences. Each of the “Antigone” members visiting Nizhny Novgorod was fined 2,000 roubles (about 35 euros). After leaving the police station, the Italian activists went back to Yoshkar-Ola. (More, see EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, 28 June 2017)= DADIN WANTS INCREASED COMPENSATION FOR UNLAWFUL PROSECUTION =
Russian activist Ildar Dadin has filed an appeal with the Moscow Region Court demanding an increase in the amount of compensation awarded to him for unlawful prosecution, his lawyer Alexei Liptser told RAPSI on Wednesday. In late May, a court in the Moscow Region granted in part a lawsuit filed by Dadin and ordered Russia’s Finance Ministry to pay him 2.2 million roubles (about $37,000 at the current exchange rate). (More, see RAPSI, 28 June 2017)
= ST. PETERSBURG COURT DETAINS “HIZB UT-TAHRIR” MEMBER =
= ARREST OF ST. PETERSBURG SCIENTOLOGY EXECUTIVE UPHELD =
= UPPER HOUSE APPROVES RAZING OF SOVIET-ERA APARTMENT BLOCKS =
= JURY DELIBERATIONS AGAIN SUSPENDED IN NEMSTOV KILLERS’ CASE =
= DEFENSE LAWYER BALKS AT MOSCOW LAW SCHOOL’S STALIN TRIBUTE =
Respected Russian defense attorney and legal scholar Genri Reznik has resigned from the faculty of the Moscow State Law Academy in protest against the erection of a plaque commemorating a speech there by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
“On June 17, 1924, in this hall, Josef Vissarionovich Stalin delivered a report on the results of the 13th Congress of the Russian Communist Party,” the plaque reads. The original plaque was erected at the peak of the Stalin-era Cult of Personality in 1949 and removed in the early 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
“The first thing the Bolshevik leader did was to bury the law,” Reznik wrote on his blog on the Echo Moskvy website. “Stalin embodied massive extrajudicial mechanisms and repressions, including personal summonses, two- and three-man hearings [the extra-judicial dvoika and troika], legalized torture, and the liquidation of the independent judiciary, the presumption of innocence, and the principle of legal advocacy.” (More, see //RFE/RL, 28 June 2017)
= UPPER HOUSE BACKS BILL BLOCKING MIRROR WEBSITES =
= SENATORS THREATEN FOREIGN MEDIA CLAMPDOWN =
The Russian parliament is considering new legislation which could see dozens of foreign Russian-language media outlets banned from operating within the country. Russia’s Federation Council, the upper chamber of the country’s parliament, is debating new laws which would force Russian-language outlets to disclose how they are funded.
Media companies receiving money from abroad would be forced to register as “foreign agents,” opening them up to increased state scrutiny. Leonid Klimov, head of the council’s committee for the protection of state sovereignty, said that the proposed bill would apply to all foreign outlets broadcasting in Russian, even if they were registered abroad. (More, see The Moscow Times, 28 June 2017)
= CHECHNYA DETAINEE’S FAMILY DO NOT KNOW HIS WHEREABOUTS =
Relatives of Rasambek Bekmurzaev, detained in Chechnya on suspicion of killing three law enforcers 17 years ago, are concerned at the lack of information about his fate. Rasambek Bekmurzaev was detained by FSB agents, a source from the police reported.
The “Caucasian Knot” reported that on 21 June, 37-year-old Rasambek Bekmurzaev was detained in the town of Urus-Martan. According to the investigation, after the suspect had killed the three law enforcement officers, he was admitted to a militant grouping led by Arbi Barayev, a well-known field commander (killed in a special operation in 2001). In recent years, the suspect worked as a taxi driver in Chechnya. The wife of Rasambek Bekmurzaev said her husband is innocent and asked the leader of Chechnya to help him return home. (More, see Caucasian Knot, 27 June 2017)
= ACTIVIST MARK GALPERIN UNDER HOUSE ARREST =