Week-ending Friday, 23 June

<< No.24 (258), 25 June 2017 >> — RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY – On 19/6 Moscow City Court dismissed an appeal against the 18-month sentence handed down to Yury Kuly. (RAPSI, 19/6) On 22/6 Moscow City Court upheld a court ruling that Bolotnaya Square defendant Maksim Panfilov receive compulsory treatment as an in-patient in a psychiatric…

Seized in Ukraine, jailed in Russia

The plight of Denis Bakholdin, critic of Putin, refugee in Ukraine — seized in Ukraine, tortured and jailed in Russia << No. 25 (258) 26 June 2017 >> After participating in many protests against the war in Ukraine and in support of political prisoners, Denis Bakholdin was detained on several occasions. He was jailed for…

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…

Twenty Conversations

What lessons can be learned from Soviet-era dissidents? Martin Dewhirst reviews Gleb Morev’s, Dissidents: 20 conversations << No. 25 (258), 26 June 2017 >> Coming out as an active dissident in Russia — there have always been numerous passive dissidents, dissenters, protesters and protestants in that country — after the 1991 coup and counter-coup is…

Political Prisoners today

There are now at least 117 political prisoners in Russia, says Memorial, and the number continues to grow. << No 25 (258), 26 June 2017 >> As the Memorial Human Rights Centre explains, it has begun to divide its periodic lists in two. Some have been prosecuted for political reasons (51 individuals); others have suffered…

Yury Dmitriev’s supporters

Appeals in support of Yury Dmitriev have been broadcast on Echo Moskvy radio station by writer Dmitry BYKOV and music legend Boris GREBENSHCHIKOV << No 258, 21 June 2017 >> On 20 June radio station Echo Moskvy broadcast appeals on behalf of YURY DMITRIEV by poet Dmitry Bykov and (from Petersburg) by the former leader…