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…

Monday, 26 June

<< Daily digests – June 2017 >> — AUTHORITIES TARGET “TELEGRAM” AFTER PETERSBURG BOMBING — Russia’s FSB security agency has said the Telegram mobile messaging app was used by a suicide bomber who killed 15 people in St Petersburg in April. Authorities have already threatened to block the app, founded by Russian businessman Pavel Durov, for…

Friday, 23 June

<< June digests – 2017 >> — NAVALNY BARRED FROM NEXT YEAR’S PRESIDENTIAL POLL — Back in January this year Alexei Navalny told the BBC’s Hardtalk programme that he would fight on, no matter what the result of his retrial in February on embezzlement charges. Now the Russian opposition leader has been formally barred from…

Thursday, 22 June

<< Daily digests – June 2017 >> = JURY DELIBERATIONS POSTPONED IN TRIAL OF ACCUSED NEMTSOV KILLERS = Jury deliberations have been suspended until next week in the Moscow trial of five men from Chechnya, charged with the 2015 killing of Boris Nemtsov, opposition politician and former deputy prime minister [under President Yeltsin]. Moscow military court…